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fluid and filter change....how often?

How often are you guys getting your filters and fluid change on your trannys? I know Hayes says 27000 and I've heard 30000 but I'm just curious cause I'm at 67810 and haven't had it done yet.
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gett r done. i would recommend 30000 but changing sooner wont hurt
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depends a lot on the type of fluid...some you have to change every 30-40K, some every 80-90K and some go upwards of 100K between changes
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30K is a good rule of thumb for an auto trans. i do not suggest going 100K on any auto trans no matter what fluid is in it.
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I figure it takes that mercon 5 crap thats expensive as hell. I put 18 quarts of that stuff in my bronco and it lightened up my wallet at the same time.
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you could sell the bronco and itll make your wallet heavy again
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yeah im trying. it wont run though. i think its a fuel problem.
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Mechanic I talked to today said 60,000. I asked because Im at 40,000 now. I don't do much towing though...
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According to the factory maintenance schedule, it's 50,000 km, or about 30,000 miles for my truck.

Transmission shop will do a filter and fluid re-fill (not flush) for about $100 Cdn cash (uses Mercon V - about 4 1/2 liters/quarts.

I borrow a friend's shop and do it for the cost of the tranny fillter and the Mercon V - either way, a cheap price to pay to keep the tranny happy.

BTW, now at ~450,000 km (~250,000 miles) on original tranny.
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damn i hope mine lasts that long. ive heard of some trannys not liking new fluid too well and slipping. is that a problem with these?
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According to my chiltons manual 06 up auto trannys are filled for life. I'm still gonna swap some out though
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i dont know if i would trust that.
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According to my chiltons manual 06 up auto trannys are filled for life. I'm still gonna swap some out though
How about coolant? Im going to change mine along with my ATF at 60,000. Get both done at the same time.
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hey will i love your avatar, lol, i only bother changing fluid if its brown and all broken down
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Missed the tranny thing, sorry !
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Mobile 1
Oil & Motorcraft Filter
3K Later just a filter and add Oil to top off.
Anther 3K, Oil & Filterů
ad so on and so on !

I watch for the 6-Pak Sales for Mobile 1, usually around $28 and two filters, so around $40 for two Oil changes, so to speak.
I am thinking about changing to Valvoline Full Synthetic but will always keep the Motorcraft Filter.
im not thinkin my tranny would like the motor oil too well. lol but i did recently change from mobile one to valvoline and the truck seems to run smoother.
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what i was told which may or may not be true, could be total bs, but when i worked at valvoline, the guy who has been there forever and is a pretty big car guy said mobil 1 is better for performance, and valvoline is betterwear protection. we used to have signs that claim 4x better, but who knows. truth is most any oil, especially a major name brand synthetic, will be fine it its changed regular.
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oh yeah i think thery're all the same performance or not. unless you go with royal purple or something. and my truck far from a hotrod
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How about coolant? Im going to change mine along with my ATF at 60,000. Get both done at the same time.
By the way Jason chiltons says 24k for coolant flush. I think that's a little soon but hey nothing wrong with doing it too often. I want to do tranny and coolant sometime I'm at 38 and have done neither.
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I personally also suggest power steering every 50k to reduce whine later down the road. It will keep your rack and pinion happy as well. With age the fluid gets contaminated and thick putting stress on the pump and the rack. The black pudding that slopped out of my pump was disgusting, Helps explain why my steering is so loose and the pump leaks lol.
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