I had the transmission 'serviced' rather than flushed.
It got a clean bill of health. Shifts fine according to them.
I wonder why it was shifting more noticably before yesterday...? it would downshift manually with a definite reduction in speed, and now, just yesterday and after the service it feels more like it'* coasting while the shift lever is brought to the next gear down.
In other words, it doesn't sound or feel like it did before, but it is working fine according to the reputable shop'* people who test drove the car before and after the service.
Still has that 'bearing noise', but I don't hear the vacuum leak.
There is a slight amount of oil leakage at the valve covers and at the oil pan.
There was a visible droplet of coolant on the bottom end of the engine, but the coolant lever is fine.
I saw this at the trans shop. The codes for a lean air/fuel mixture and low air temp came up.
I took the notes to the dealer to request that they double check their work recently.
We found the connector was loose at the air cleaner box...that was probably my doing.
Basically, the professionals at both shops declared the car suitable to drive.