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Should I Change trans Fluid in a High milage automatic

Should I Change trans Fluid in a High mileage automatic?

I just picked up a 1999 Prelude automatic 130k miles

So I am hoping I can get 3 or 4 years or another 50k miles out of this car.

The previous owner took great care of the car body 9.5/10 interior 9/10

So the trans is working great so far, I am aware of the problems with this model.

The transmission oil is filthy and very gritty.

Should I get a transmission service?

Some people say with high mileage cars it can make it worse if the grit is what is helping the worn gears work.

To change or not to change, that is the question
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Re: Should I Change trans Fluid in a High milage automatic

Bump, I'm actually interested myself to know
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Re: Should I Change trans Fluid in a High milage automatic

depends. if you drive short trips on sunny days, no. never gets hot enough to hurt a thing..

long trips with passengers or stop n go go, yes. long trips, stop n go travel cooks the oil slow but sure. simple fluid/ filter change.
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I remember my first thread, asking what a noise was when I got going 110mph.
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depends. if you drive short trips on sunny days, no. never gets hot enough to hurt a thing..

long trips with passengers or stop n go go, yes. long trips, stop n go travel cooks the oil slow but sure. simple fluid/ filter change.
So what's the average time, about how often would you change tranny fluid?
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Re: Should I Change trans Fluid in a High milage automatic

my ranger says 36k. older like 70's cars were filled and left alone. then again if you got 100k you had a winner. nowadays it's part of routine maintenance because stuff works harder.

had a 66 mustang with over 200k and the tranny oil was still pink. my mechanic at the time refused to change it. lol
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Re: Should I Change trans Fluid in a High milage automatic

the owners manual on my wifes 89 civic says ever 30k. but if you notice it shifts rough now it pretty much wont change because the damage is already done :( ive done mine and i also added a transmission cooler but i doubt it helps that much
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Re: Should I Change trans Fluid in a High milage automatic

If it has never been changed before DO NOT DO IT! The trans will start to slip! The general rule I use is to leave the cars alone if they have 70k on the original fluid (unless it's a newer car with longer life fluid). It always becomes the customers choice if they want to attempt it or not, because it can go either way. Your trans will last much longer with what it has in it now like you said because of the grit and whatever else is built up from that fluid.
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Re: Should I Change trans Fluid in a High milage automatic

I dont think mine has ever been changed. ill check the carfax when i got it, it put about 30k miles on it since i bought it lol... ooops
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Re: Should I Change trans Fluid in a High milage automatic

exactly what viper said, if it has never been done before, or if you do not know (recently bought) it will do more damage. there a chips of metal that get caught in the gear packs when you drain out the old fluid and then burn out the gear packs real quick when you put the new fluid in...
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If it has never been changed before DO NOT DO IT! The trans will start to slip! The general rule I use is to leave the cars alone if they have 70k on the original fluid (unless it's a newer car with longer life fluid). It always becomes the customers choice if they want to attempt it or not, because it can go either way. Your trans will last much longer with what it has in it now like you said because of the grit and whatever else is built up from that fluid.
I tell my customers the same exact thing. The thicker dirty fluid allows the transmission to shift, new fluid is too thin and will cause the transmission to fail. Maybe the next day maybe a few days later. But either way it will fail.

OP your best bet is to have it checked by a transmission shop, they will tell you whether or not it is safe to have it done, and if they tell you yes and it still fails then you can go to them and make a scene
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Re: Should I Change trans Fluid in a High milage automatic

every transmission shop i know will tell you to change it in hopes it does failso they can get your return business.. not all are bad, but the ones where i live are.

if it shifts good, aint dark brown and still drips off the stick leave well enough alone.

i agree the metal clutch shavings aid in keeping things going but when the filter is choked or the oil don't flow ya gotta dump it, change the filter and hope for the best.. no flush tho, oh hel/ no, just simple fluid change.
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