2002 Honda Odyssey Trans Failure
Need help trying to make a decision for a unhappy customer.
I had a refered customer bring me a estimate from the dealer for regular maint (119K) on their 2002 Honda Odyssey. Front struts, timing belt, power steering fluid changed, serp belt, and trans fluid changed used 3.5 quarts of valvoline vv324 (ATF-Z1). All work was done and had a abs light on, we checked and found a bad sensor on front left no visible damage but I replaced at no charge next day because it was not available same day. I offered to get a rental car so they would not be without transportation and she told me that they could do without until next day. We got part in and replaced no problems and picked her up that same morning. Customer returned 2 1/2 weeks later with questions about the timing belt being off a tooth(read it on internet) because she first noticed a hesitation or jumping feeling about 3 days after we worked on it. This problem would happen in reverse also and was getting progressively worse. Our Tech test drove and noted that it seems to be a trans issue and it felt like it wanted to downshift at highway speeds. we verified timing marks all correct. I got customer approval(after she said it seemed suspicious that a timing belt was replace and now she has a trans problem)and took to a trans shop and set customer up with rental car at my expense. It took 2 days for them to look at because of a snow storm but they verified the same findings that my tech observed and said the trans will have to come out 2500-3000+ depending on what is found. Needless to say they are not happy and have thrown a few verbal bombs insinuating poor workmanship using the abs sensor as a indicator of neglect and care of the van. They said the fluid had been replaced once before i think around 60k and never had any problems until we touched the van.
1)Does anyone see any fault on our part based on info given?
2)Would you offer to pay anything regardless of fault?
3)How should I communicate in a professional manner that sometimes *hit happens and the last person to touch is not always the problem.
Thanks in advance,