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Old 28 Sep 2009, 02:46 pm
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Exclamation Transmission drain and fill issue!!!

I;m trying to decide whether to simply drain and refill (and change filter) on my '02 PT's Auto Transmission or get the powerflush (they describe it more like a high powered vacuum) treatment from Aamco. Advice anyone?????

I've heard that these flushes sometimes do more harm than good as they stir up dirt and grit. Here are some facts:

1. '02 Automatic with 90K miles
2. Don;t know if Transmission fluid has ever been changed (just bought a month ago) but fluid appears ok on dipstick and tranmission shifts pretty smooth.
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Old 28 Sep 2009, 02:59 pm
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Default Re: Transmission drain and fill issue!!!

You answered your own question - Flushes are NOT a good idea - not for a radiator - not for and engine - not for a tranny.

Drain and fill - install this pan while you are at it to make next time a breeze......


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Old 28 Sep 2009, 03:36 pm
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Default Re: Transmission drain and fill issue!!!

I'd search around and get more than one persons advise. I flushed both the radiator and tranny on the PT (coming up to 100,000 miles), my wife's KIA (coming up to 60,000 miles) and my Vette (145,000 miles) with no harmful side affects. Never had a reason to flush any engine.
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Old 28 Sep 2009, 03:44 pm
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Another opinion here.......

Car Radiator Flush | Should You Flush Your Auto Radiator?

Just like mine....... Go figure......

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Old 28 Sep 2009, 04:13 pm
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Technical Service Bulletins (TSB's)

Fluid Flushing Requirements
TSB 26-003-07
TSB 26-003-07

Automatic Transmission Fluid Usage ATF+4 (Type MS9602)
TSB 21-010-06
TSB 21-010-06
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Old 28 Sep 2009, 05:44 pm
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Immegt,

For every one you can come up, there's always a different point of view.

How often should you get your trans and coolant flushed in your car? - Yahoo! Answers
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Old 28 Sep 2009, 06:57 pm
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Yep......

Transmission Flushing: Car Repair Advice on When and How to Flush Your Transmission | Suite101.com

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The facts are this:

The only ones who recommend a transmission, or engine, flush as a maintenance service are the people who make the machines and the people who sell the service.

No automotive manufacturer in the world recommends a flush as regular service.

If a shop tells you they do; they are outright lying to you.

All automotive manufacturers specifically recommend against flushing services. Doing so will void new vehicle warranties.

A transmission, or engine, that has been regularly serviced does not need a flush.

Flush machine manufacturers specifically advise against flushing "high mileage" vehicles. This loosely phrased warning puts the complete burden of the cost of repairs to components damaged by a flushing service on the shop and leaves them libel free.

So whenever a shop says you need a transmission, or engine, flush; just say no.

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Old 01 Oct 2009, 07:30 am
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Default Re: Transmission drain and fill issue!!!

Bought my PT in March at 45k and had the tranny flushed for $150 shortly thereafter for peace of mine.. I didn't get maintenance records.

54k miles now with no issues.
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Old 01 Oct 2009, 08:35 am
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OK, no drain plug, don't get your transmission flushed, what's a guy to do?
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OK, no drain plug, don't get your transmission flushed, what's a guy to do?
Make a mess and do it yourself. There's about 14 bolts holding on the pan. Loosen them all just a bit then start un-tightening a few at one end. Get a large pan to catch the oil that starts to overflow from the pan. If your lucky, you'll get about 4 quarts to go directly into your catch pan. If your not, you can imagine what it's going to look like on the ground.

If you have some sort of siphoning system, you can drain quite a bit of fluid out of the dip stick filler tube before taking off the bottom pan to change the filter and get the rest of the fluid out.
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