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Old 06-17-2005
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Auto tranny routine service

Has anyone had there auto fluid flushed? what was the cost and did you go to the dealer or a quick lube place? Im approaching 30,000 miles and think its a good preventive measure.
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as long as u keep the fluid fresh i dont see the need for a flush. sometimes a flush will do more damage than good. but on urs, seeing its such low milage just a filter and fluid service should suffice.

IMO, since auto tranny fluid is so cheap i would replace the fluid every other erl change. install a drain plug and proceed to do it like an oil change. also if ur worried about ur auto tranny install an auxerialy (sp) trans cooler.
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i didnt realize you could install a tranny fluid drain plug... difficult?
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not overly difficult. remove the pan and clean it thorogly. then pick the type of plug u want, this is where it gets difficult. i may be able to share more insite when i finish mine one of these days.

3 ways i can think of are, welding a nut to the pan and sealing with an o-ring. using the fram sure drain type or
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I was watching the tv show 'two guys garage' and saw them install a plug on the auto trans pan , at some point though the filter needs to be changed anyway and i don't put that many miles on so a plug may not be worth it for me.
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At about 45,000, I was going to have the trans fluid drained and changed at the local Valvoline Instant Oil Change (the guys there hook me up big time). Upon seeing it, the fluid looked like slurry. I had them do the full flush. In my opinion, it is worth it concidering how expensive a tranny is. At the same time, I had them flush the coolant system and use whatever their super special oil system cleaner is on it. Transfer case and both diffs were also done sometime between 30k & 40k. My powertrain is all happy & clean now.
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i went to the dealer and got mine done around 40k

i think it cost around 100bucks
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Tranny filters only filter down to around 100 microns. best bet? add a trans drain plug, change it every other erl change or 10K and add a remote tranny filter with the biggest trans cooler u can get/fit.
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