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Old 06-28-2004, 19:10   #1 (permalink)
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Burnt brown transmission fluid-Now what?

97 Taurus 3.0 DOHC S VIN 125,3XX miles

Trans fluid is brownish and smells burnt. I just got this car and do not know any history of maintenence on it. I've done a little research and it seems like there is no consensus on whether change the fluid and filter or leave it and be at the transmissions mercy. Just driving it today for a long period of time I'm noticing it's not real crisp from the line, with less than impressive shifts throughout driving. Anyone have any input? How about people that have had burnt fluid and changed it, did it get better or worse? What about changing it and adding a trans cooler? I have a 93 Bronco that I bought with 179,XXX miles on it that also had brownish fluid. I changed the fluid and filter on that and have had no negative trans issues. Thanks for any and all help.
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Re: Burnt brown transmission fluid-Now what?

I would take it to the local dealer and have the tranny fluid FLUSHED.....NOT changed. Since it is brown and smells burnt already then it is BEST to have the whole system flushed. THis will also get all the fluid out of your torque converter where just "changing" the tranny fluid would not get the fluid out of your converter. It will also help in shifting as well. Its not the cheapest to have done but will help in the long run with the life of your tranny. It usually costs anywhere from 100-130 bucks around my parts. Just call some Ford dealers and check in on it!!
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Re: Burnt brown transmission fluid-Now what?

Sounds like someone not doing oil maintainance . If this was left go too long o-rings
seals and clutch pacs have probably hardened and it may never work like it did new .
Towing also shortens the oil changes more often .
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With 125,000 miles I wouldn't flush it! The chemicals/detergents they use could cause big problems. I would just change the fluid & filter but use one of many methods to make sure you drain all of the fluid (including torque converter).
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