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Old 10-21-2005, 16:01   #1 (permalink)
s_landa
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Tranny fluid change: Drop pan or siphon?

Xpress Lube offers a transmission service that appears to suck the old
fluid out and replace it with new. All of this without the usual filter
change. Car Talk guys do this.

How does it work? What if I stick a tube down the dipstick hole and siphon
all I can and then replace the fluid?

I usually have the filter replaced, but am having "cold" gear sticking with
my '93 explorer.
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Old 10-21-2005, 17:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Tranny fluid change: Drop pan or siphon?

when i changed fluid in my older truck, i disconnected tranny cooling hose
from radiator. then i started engine and added new fluid until the new
fluid ran from the disconnected radiator hose. the old fluid was of course
coming out of the hose.

i suppose this would also work with explorer.
"s_landa" <s_landa@bellsouth.com> wrote in message
news:Xns96F6B05FAF991slandabellsouthnet@216.77.188.18...
Xpress Lube offers a transmission service that appears to suck the old
fluid out and replace it with new. All of this without the usual filter
change. Car Talk guys do this.

How does it work? What if I stick a tube down the dipstick hole and siphon
all I can and then replace the fluid?

I usually have the filter replaced, but am having "cold" gear sticking with
my '93 explorer.


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Old 10-21-2005, 19:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Tranny fluid change: Drop pan or siphon?

Fluid replacement will rarely fix a noticable concern. As far as changing
fluid without changing filters... a lot like washing your feet and putting
your dirty socks back on....

CarTalk guys are media journalists... I've seen some of these "media
mechanics" recommend some pretty strange stuff. Much depends on who their
sponsors are.... their replies depend on who their sponsors are... most of
all, they always fall back on "pre-existing concerns" or something similar
as an excuse for not hitting the mark.

They WILL tell you things you want to hear... often, they will try to set my
prices for me...

The automtive trades have many serious problems... they will not be resolved
as easily as the "Car Guys" think they can. To improve this sytem, it will
take legislative intervention.... the costs will increase.... customer
satisfaction will increase, but not a lot.

50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class.... The only
way to change things is to change everyones attitude... like that's gonna
happen.


"s_landa" <s_landa@bellsouth.com> wrote in message
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> Xpress Lube offers a transmission service that appears to suck the old
> fluid out and replace it with new. All of this without the usual filter
> change. Car Talk guys do this.
>
> How does it work? What if I stick a tube down the dipstick hole and

siphon
> all I can and then replace the fluid?
>
> I usually have the filter replaced, but am having "cold" gear sticking

with
> my '93 explorer.



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