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Old 03-13-2009, 08:04 AM
 
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So I have an appointment tomorrow to flush my transmission and I have read a lot of conflicting things online about it. My car is a 2004 Honda with about 56k miles on it. The flush was recommended by the dealer. I have already flushed the power steering and brakes but the tranny flush is the most expensive. So what are your thoughts on this? Per other sites Honda does not even recommend it though the dealer is pushing it. I am pretty much confused.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:29 AM
 
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Nope, no flushy.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Earth
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Dealer is looking to make an extra few bucks off of you. That's how they get paid.....the more you spend the more he makes....even if it means you need to buy a Honda key chain or you won't be cool.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:54 AM
 
Location: WA
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I have found a transmission flush and filter change every 30 - 40K miles will prolong the performance of the transmission.

There are many parts in friction in a transmission and since most auto transmissions cannot simply be drained, a flush is the only way to fully introduce fresh lubricant.
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:58 AM
 
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First, I don't recommend flushing much of anything on a car, and second, I doubt the dealer would really flush anything anyway.

You should look at your owner's manual to see what service should be done when, but a transmission fluid change is easier than a motor oil change and uses less oil, so it technically should cost less than an oil change.

If it is time to change the transmission fluid, you can do it with about $20 in fluid and a $8 pump if you can get under the car and unbolt two bolts. If you're not comfortable doing that, don't change it until the mannual calls for it to be changed and find a place that will do it for a reasonable cost.

Also, since you had your brake fluid "flushed" already, check it in three weeks and see if its still golden or if its brown. If its brown, the dealer didn't flush your lines, it just changed the resevior fluid.
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:07 AM
 
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You're nuts if you don't change your tranny fluid regularly. If it was my car I would change it every 20k-30k miles.

Volvo didn't recommend tranny fluid changes (said it was good for the lifetime of the car) but those that did change it have trannies that last 300k and those that didn't (like me) see failure around 150k. Volvo has since reversed its policy.

CHANGE IT REGULARLY

You can probably do it yourself and save a couple $$. Although if it's under $100 I'd have the dealer do it. Do they also change the filter? A flush is sometimes harsh maybe a complete drain and fill? How do they do the tranny fluid changes there?
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:13 AM
 
Location: MI-->TN
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I've never been a fan of trans flushes because I've heard too many bad stories from them. I used to work in a shop and always recommend a 'spill and fill with trans filter'. Thats just my opinion though I suppose. The flushes do not replace the internal filter.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Step 1: Cancel appointment
Step 2: Find yourself a good indy shop to do your maintenance from now on, or learn to DIY.
Step 3: (optional) Tell the dealer "You're Fired!"
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:56 AM
 
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I will folow the advise of a man i know that has been working on tranmission for like 40 years. Chnage fluid evry year .he told me along time ago that of people changed fluid evry year it would put him out of business.Everything with gears wears putting particles in teh fluid and fluid overheats many times in sumer. You can smeel teh burnt smell. Never has one transmission problem in 46 years of owning and driving.
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Old 03-13-2009, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Fly-over country.
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I will folow the advise of a man i know that has been working on tranmission for like 40 years. Chnage fluid evry year .he told me along time ago that of people changed fluid evry year it would put him out of business.Everything with gears wears putting particles in teh fluid and fluid overheats many times in sumer. You can smeel teh burnt smell. Never has one transmission problem in 46 years of owning and driving.
That may be the problem. Transmissions and ATF have come a long way in 40 years. Just follow the owner's manual and don't expect an inexpensive pan drop + filter change if you find a mechanic who still does them on modern cars.

In my opinion, vital fluids (and tires) are not the items you want to cut costs on. DIY or pay the man.
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