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Old 04-30-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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I just took my car in for an oil change. The service guy came out and asked me when was the last time I changed my transmission fluid.

(I have a 2006 SUV with only $30K miles on it; never pulled trailors, usually not in stop and go trafffic, etc)

He said that I should get it done "every year". He said that if I do it, it will save me from ruining the transmission and paying out $4000". He quoted his price and then started pretty much begging me to let him do it.

This made me suspicious and I told him I will come back another time.


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Old 04-30-2010, 03:05 PM
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You should change your transmission fluid only at the interval recommended by the manufacturer. Any more is a sham and any less is risking damage. Trans fluid has come a long way and most are rated for 100k miles before needing to be changed. You definitely also need to avoid having it changed at quick lube places as they are more than happy to drain out your good 100k manufacturer spec fluid and refill your trans with generic crap they have, which will lead to problems.
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Old 04-30-2010, 03:09 PM
 
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Agree with da Goat - look in your owners' manual, it should be in there.

I think you need to find yourself a better service shop, OP. At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, find a good independent shop, not a dealer, not a chain.

And, yeah, definitely stay away from "stupid lube" outfits. All sorts of horror stories associated with them.

Me, I definitely DIY all fluid changes on my cars/bikes/tractor.
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Old 04-30-2010, 03:14 PM
 
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I thought this was a "reputable" company (starts with an "A" and ends with an "O" and it has five letters)
I am quite annoyed that this attendant tried to scam me, take my $160 for a service I dont need, and possibly damage my vehicle with their trashy fluid. I think people like this should be treated as criminals.
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Old 04-30-2010, 03:17 PM
 
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You should change your transmission fluid only at the interval recommended by the manufacturer. Any more is a sham and any less is risking damage. Trans fluid has come a long way and most are rated for 100k miles before needing to be changed. You definitely also need to avoid having it changed at quick lube places as they are more than happy to drain out your good 100k manufacturer spec fluid and refill your trans with generic crap they have, which will lead to problems.
You have to be kidding about going 100k on ANY transmission fluid. It all depends on the climate. In Phoenix, we have to change the fluid ever 15,000 miles. 30,000 miles is right in a colder climate. The mechanic was not trying to scam.
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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You have to be kidding about going 100k on ANY transmission fluid. It all depends on the climate. In Phoenix, we have to change the fluid ever 15,000 miles. 30,000 miles is right in a colder climate. The mechanic was not trying to scam.
Look in the owner's manual for most any A/T equipped car built in the last 20 or so years.

The fluids have indeed been improved, they will go up to 100K if not in "severe service" - Hot as you are in Vegas, that probably is "severe service".

It also depends heavily on how you drive, city vs highway.

Modern A/T when it locks up in overdrive is pretty easy on the fluid.
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:44 PM
 
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You have to be kidding about going 100k on ANY transmission fluid. It all depends on the climate. In Phoenix, we have to change the fluid ever 15,000 miles. 30,000 miles is right in a colder climate. The mechanic was not trying to scam.
I agree about not going 100K, but the mechanic was absolutely trying to push service. They often push flushes, not just fluid changes.

Go by the owners manual. That is the reference. In just about all the cars I have owned in the last decade the interval for automatic transmission fluid was 30K miles.
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:44 PM
 
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I agree about not going 100K, but the mechanic was absolutely trying to push service. They often push flushes, not just fluid changes.

Go by the owners manual. That is the reference. In just about all the cars I have owned in the last decade the interval for automatic transmission fluid was 30K miles.
chiming in...

my cars owners manual says 105,000m so it must have some of that newer fluid some are talking about. however for "SEVERE" use (which is just about anywhere in the US according to Hyundai. as well as what many consider "normal" driving conditions) its 30,000m. so i follow the 30,000m interval. and i would recommend that to anybody

every year, no. but every 30,000m, as you have on your vehicle OP, i'd say sure. just make sure they are using the right fluid and filter if you have an indie shop do it
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:53 PM
 
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I just took my car in for an oil change. The service guy came out and asked me when was the last time I changed my transmission fluid.

(I have a 2006 SUV with only $30K miles on it; never pulled trailors, usually not in stop and go trafffic, etc)

He said that I should get it done "every year". He said that if I do it, it will save me from ruining the transmission and paying out $4000". He quoted his price and then started pretty much begging me to let him do it.

This made me suspicious and I told him I will come back another time.


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30K is pretty standard for a tranny fluid and filter change. I do mine per manual specs at 15K in my 3/4 ton Diesel pick-up!
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Old 04-30-2010, 11:59 PM
 
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Oh yeah, don't let the quick lube places use that cheep a** s*** in it either. Spend the money on the good stuff and synthetic if possible. Castrol, Mobile-1, Royal Purple, Red Line and others are the good stuff! Stay away from Quaker S*** and the likes!
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