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Old 03-17-2005, 00:02   #1 (permalink)
Jacob
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transmission question

I have a '95 Explorer, 6 cylinder with 100,700 miles on it. I have changed
the transmission fluid regularly and have had the system flushed out each
time. Is there anything I should be doing other than this? Does the
transmission need to be adjusted periodically or something like that? I
have noticed lately that in the morning when the car is cold [I live in
Wisconsin] that it seems to take about 5 minutes or so for the rpms to go
down to "normal" and during this time, the transmission seems to be in a
lower gear and then it will go into a higher gear and the rpms go down. Is
there something I should do, or is this ok. The car seems to run
beautifully, and I've always changed the oil every 3000 miles, and done the
service stuff when needed. Thanks.


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Old 03-17-2005, 00:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: transmission question

Sounds like good servicing practices to me. It also sounds like the
torque converter clutch lockup (that last "shift" you feel) is not
ocurring (at over 45 mph) until things warm up a bit and the extra
loading comes off the tranny. This is pretty normal in these cold
winter temperatures. Things are pretty thick those freezing morning
hours there in Wisconson and here in Michigan. If things don't go back
to what you think is normal after temperatures warm up, then you might
want to look deeper. Right now I wouldn't worry about it. Good Luck -
Pray for Spring:-)

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Old 03-17-2005, 00:02   #3 (permalink)
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Re: transmission question

Jacob - Do you change the tranny fluid yourself, and flush it? Is it a
pretty easy job? What do you flush it with? Any tips would be
appreciated. I want to start working on mine more myself.

Thanks, Allen

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Old 03-17-2005, 00:03   #4 (permalink)
Jacob
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Re: transmission question

I don't have a clue about cars, and take it into a service place and have
them do it. The cost for the transmission flush is usually about $70, and
they tell me that they hook it up to a machine that flushes out the fluid
and replaces it. The last time I took it to another place and I'm not sure
if they flushed it or just changed it, but they did change the filter, which
I don't think they do when they flush the system. I'm really not into
working on cars and don't have any tools or anything else. Good luck
working on yours, maybe someone here would be able to tell you how to do it.

Also, does the transmission need to be adjusted periodically? Any
suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.

<im_a_dreemer@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:1109994300.088644.135160@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> Jacob - Do you change the tranny fluid yourself, and flush it? Is it a
> pretty easy job? What do you flush it with? Any tips would be
> appreciated. I want to start working on mine more myself.
>
> Thanks, Allen
>



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Old 03-17-2005, 00:03   #5 (permalink)
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Re: transmission question

Thanks for the response.

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Old 03-17-2005, 00:03   #6 (permalink)
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Re: transmission question

"Jacob" <spam@spam.com>
wrotenews:vDkWd.4821$Cg6.1722@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com:

> I don't have a clue about cars, and take it into a service place and
> have them do it. The cost for the transmission flush is usually about
> $70, and they tell me that they hook it up to a machine that flushes out
> the fluid and replaces it. The last time I took it to another place and
> I'm not sure if they flushed it or just changed it, but they did change
> the filter, which I don't think they do when they flush the system. I'm
> really not into working on cars and don't have any tools or anything
> else. Good luck working on yours, maybe someone here would be able to
> tell you how to do it.
>
> Also, does the transmission need to be adjusted periodically? Any
> suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.
>
> <im_a_dreemer@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:1109994300.088644.135160@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>> Jacob - Do you change the tranny fluid yourself, and flush it? Is it a
>> pretty easy job? What do you flush it with? Any tips would be
>> appreciated. I want to start working on mine more myself.
>>
>> Thanks, Allen
>>

>
>


The servicing where they flush the whole system until it runs clear gets
the old tranny oil out of the torque converter, which simply dropping the
pan and then refilling it doesn't.

Also, a new filter is a gigantic rippoff. Unless you have problems with
the tranny to begin with and you see a grey-silver sludge on your filter,
then it's too late anyway. You need a new tranny.

Since the tranny isn't involved with gas blowby from rings, combustion and
super high heats and doesn't recircle throught the engine but in a simple
closed system that stays clean and pretty cool, my thoughts are that you
only need to change the oil once in the life of a car, at about 30-60k
miles. Several studies have agreed with this and even the owners manual
assumes you might only change the oil once in the lifetime of a normal car.

I would assume you would only need to change oil only due to age and
oxidation of the fluid over time, like brake fluid....which happens
everytime you open the master cylinder reseviour top to look at it, it
absorbs ambient moisture from the air and slightly degrades it.

msm
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Old 03-17-2005, 00:04   #7 (permalink)
Jacob
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Re: transmission question

Thank you for getting back about this and your excellent explanation. I
still would like to know if there is any need to have the transmission
adjusted or something like that. Does a transmission need a tune-up like
the engine does? Thanks.


>
> The servicing where they flush the whole system until it runs clear gets
> the old tranny oil out of the torque converter, which simply dropping the
> pan and then refilling it doesn't.
>
> Also, a new filter is a gigantic rippoff. Unless you have problems with
> the tranny to begin with and you see a grey-silver sludge on your filter,
> then it's too late anyway. You need a new tranny.
>
> Since the tranny isn't involved with gas blowby from rings, combustion and
> super high heats and doesn't recircle throught the engine but in a simple
> closed system that stays clean and pretty cool, my thoughts are that you
> only need to change the oil once in the life of a car, at about 30-60k
> miles. Several studies have agreed with this and even the owners manual
> assumes you might only change the oil once in the lifetime of a normal

car.
>
> I would assume you would only need to change oil only due to age and
> oxidation of the fluid over time, like brake fluid....which happens
> everytime you open the master cylinder reseviour top to look at it, it
> absorbs ambient moisture from the air and slightly degrades it.
>
> msm



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Old 03-17-2005, 00:04   #8 (permalink)
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Re: transmission question

Generally, any required regular adjustments would be covered in the
maintenance section of the owners' manual. I don't recall seeing
anything except fluid change. You are probably thinking of the old
days when band adjustments were required.

On Sun, 06 Mar 2005 01:24:10 GMT, "Jacob" <spam@spam.com> wrote:

>Thank you for getting back about this and your excellent explanation. I
>still would like to know if there is any need to have the transmission
>adjusted or something like that. Does a transmission need a tune-up like
>the engine does? Thanks.
>
>
>>
>> The servicing where they flush the whole system until it runs clear gets
>> the old tranny oil out of the torque converter, which simply dropping the
>> pan and then refilling it doesn't.
>>
>> Also, a new filter is a gigantic rippoff. Unless you have problems with
>> the tranny to begin with and you see a grey-silver sludge on your filter,
>> then it's too late anyway. You need a new tranny.
>>
>> Since the tranny isn't involved with gas blowby from rings, combustion and
>> super high heats and doesn't recircle throught the engine but in a simple
>> closed system that stays clean and pretty cool, my thoughts are that you
>> only need to change the oil once in the life of a car, at about 30-60k
>> miles. Several studies have agreed with this and even the owners manual
>> assumes you might only change the oil once in the lifetime of a normal

>car.
>>
>> I would assume you would only need to change oil only due to age and
>> oxidation of the fluid over time, like brake fluid....which happens
>> everytime you open the master cylinder reseviour top to look at it, it
>> absorbs ambient moisture from the air and slightly degrades it.
>>
>> msm

>


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