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Old 12-08-2003, 18:33   #1 (permalink)
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Question Transmission service vs. flush?

The other day I went into a driveline specialist to get my transmission fluid flushed as I don't think it has been in 120,000kms+. He recommended that I get it serviced instead which involves replacing the filter and a few other things that I can't remember (maybe something to do with belts). He thinks flushing haven't solved some problems with the autos and the difference between choosing either is six and half a dozen. I don't know how much a flush costs but he quoted me $110, which seems pretty good.

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Re: Transmission service vs. flush?

service is 3.5ltrs of oil, a pan gasket and a tranny filter but a flush is 7ltres of oil to replace the oil in the torque convertor aswell.... $110 seems fair if your getting 7l of oil and new filter and gasket
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Re: Transmission service vs. flush?

Whoops I meant to say the service is $110, not the flush.
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Re: Transmission service vs. flush?

I get charged $90 down my way for a service. Not sure if its worth doing a flush.

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Re: Transmission service vs. flush?

A service is new filter and top up the fliud, 3.5-4 litres, $110 is a fair price. Aflush is on top of that, they replace the dirty fluid in the converter by flushing 30-40 litres of fluid thru it with a machine I believe. Last time I had this done they used 35 litres of tranny fluid. On a service they should adjust the front and rear bands as well. The manual states that a service refill is 3.8 litres, and a full flush/service is 10.2 litres. So if you only get a service you are left with 7 litres of crap fluid in your tranny.
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Re: Transmission service vs. flush?

Thanks for the advice guys!
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Re: Transmission service vs. flush?

I reckon it's a good idea to replace ALL the fluid at 100,000 k's. Your transmission will last a lot longer. Replacing only 1/3 of it is a waste of time and money.

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Re: Transmission service vs. flush?

I just had all of the fluid replaced in my transmission 9-10L, apparently the old oil was black as and thin, the trans shifts a lot smoother now.... It also increases the life of the transmission as well!
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Re: Transmission service vs. flush?

Just as a side note to you guys

We recently dropped the pan to do a minor fluid/filter change on Dad's EBII Wagon. This thing is 218 000ks old, still on original box. When we pulled the pan off we noticed a crap load of what looked to be a brass/copper metal sitting in the pan. Now, I have heard of some metal being there and it being ok, but this looked pretty dodgy (notice transmission still behaved normally). Seeing as though the car was being driven from here in Brisbane to albury, we thought it best to ring my unlce (service manager at a Ford dealer) who told us that brass coloured stuff is the factory tranny cooler in the radiator falling apart. If it starts to get all clumpy in the box its a pretty bad situation.....so we went and bought a external tranny cooler at 4 in the arvo, used some creative thinking to get it installed (threads for fittings in the kit didnt match the ford radiator fittings etc) and had it back together by 7pm. The wagon then left at 10.30pm for Albury.

No phone calls yet so im assuming the cars still going strong lol

Just something to think about.
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Re: Transmission service vs. flush?

sik,

that's a good point. Fitting an in-line filter is also a good idea. Can't remember the name of them, fit in-line before or after the cooler.

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