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Old 07-11-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Please, someone tell me what I should do about my used Toyota Corrolla Sport 2004, 70, 000 miles, automatic transmission. I recently changed the oil and transmission at 68,000 miles. My Sport's transmission lags at around 50 mph before it changed to the next gear. Today I looked at the transmission fluid and it is light-brown. What does this mean? What changes must I anticipate to do on my Sport? How much will the changes you recommend cost me? Is this problem common for my type of car?
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:03 PM
 
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Please, someone tell me what I should do about my used Toyota Corrolla Sport 2004, 70, 000 miles, automatic transmission. I recently changed the oil and transmission at 68,000 miles. My Sport's transmission lags at around 50 mph before it changed to the next gear. Today I looked at the transmission fluid and it is light-brown. What does this mean? What changes must I anticipate to do on my Sport? How much will the changes you recommend cost me? Is this problem common for my type of car?
Thank you

The trans in the corolla has always been a bit slow to shift but unless you have really beat on the car I can't see you doing any damage in 70K miles.

Trans fluid should be a dark red color. If it's brown or smells burnt then something could be wrong. I suggest you take the car to a qualified mechanic and have it checked out... Transmissions are the one area where the dealer is often your best bet.

A typical trans flush costs about $100 at most places. A simple drain and fill is around $50. The Flush is worth it.
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:18 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Every 30K miles replace fluid and filter!
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Old 07-23-2011, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Butler County Ohio
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Another vote to change the fluid every 30K in that transmission if you plan on keeping it over 100K. Look for companies who warranty the transmission if you keep it serviced like Bg Products.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:25 AM
 
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how many miles can I go between tune ups in a 99 dodge3.0
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:36 AM
 
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Most of the time your engines computer will alert you to the need of a "tune up" Its called the check engine light.
No. Regular periodic maintainence should be done with accordance to the owners manual and recommended intervals.

Relying on the check engine light ot alert you to a problem is a "fix it when it breaks" mentality and can result in being left stranded, or premature failure of a component.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Walton County, GA
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Sorry I'm a mechanic, Been one for 15 years. I see what happens to motors when people wait 6000-7000-7500 miles like the manual suggests. You have to remember that most warranties are only 36 - 50K so the manufactures don't care what happens after that. They acually want you to have problems so they service departments are busy or they can sell you another car.

Everyone - Please continue to wait 6000-7500 miles to replace your oil. It's great job security for me and my eight employees. You guys have paid for my house, the shop, all my toys and the vacations of my family and my employees so I'd like to thank you.

There's a Neon in the shop right now with 57000 miles on it. Bearings on all for rods are bad. 1 and 3 spun and destroyed themselves. The main bearing are also shot and #2 could be moved by hand with the motor assembled. The cylinder walls look like someone was in there with a course file but should clean up. The crank is most likely junk and will need to be replaced. BUT the Owner changed the oil every 7500 miles like the manual says. Problem is he only drove the car 20 miles a day in bumper to bumper traffic so that's and oil change about once a year. We sent to the motor off to the machine shop yesterday to have them look at it. Odds are we'll just be buying a reman long block. I should have taken some pics. Sludge built up in the pan and around the valve springs looked like someone poured oil soaked dirt into the motor.

For those that want there cars to last. 3000 miles if you use regular oil. 5000 if you run synthetic. If not I'll be seeing you soon.
If following the maintenance schedule harmed the engine, you would see lawsuits and automakers folding. 15+ years ago, oil and engine technology was not even close to what it is now. Do a oil analysis on a new car after 5k and it will look better then what one looked like on an older car right after a change.

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how many miles can I go between tune ups in a 99 dodge3.0
There are different things that have to be done at different intervals such as every 3k miles, 12k miles, etc. The best thing to do is to follow what the manual calls for. Most manufactures have multiple schedules depending on normal or hash driving. If you dont have a manual, there is a good website forum for dodge's called dodgetalk. the guys and girls there will be able to help find the correct maintenance schedule for you.
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