My van is fixed---yeah for us! Throughout the summer, when I would stop at times, the van would "thump" into first gear. We knew that was not normal but no lights ever came on. The garage techs told me that if we brought it in, they could perhaps still see the issue on the computer. But we never did that. There is no telling if they would have been able to figure out the issue was this sensor/switch thing that went bad. In any case, since driving it just a few times today, I haven't had that same "thumping" thing when stopping. I am SO hoping it's fixed for good now.
When the garage called Dave today, they mentioned we were over due for an oil change. But that's at the garage recommendation of every 3K miles; we tend to wait a bit longer. Dave told them to not worry about it--we'd just take care of it later. We were more worried about having the van back today!
I picked it up around 4:30 today. One of the managers gave me my keys and said they had changed the oil anyhow to save us a trip back and more inconvenience. There was no charge. We were not charged for that, nor the towing, nor the replacement part. I knew fixing the transmission was under warranty but expected to pay for towing. The fact they changed my oil for free to save us a trip back was really nice. This is the same garage that gives us the "Good Catholic discount" when we have major stuff done. The owner goes to church with us. :-)
Keep your fingers crossed that our transmission issues are behind us!!