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Old 05 Jun 2014, 02:18 pm
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Default Automatic Transmission Fluid Change

The book says every 30,000 miles.
But what if you only drive 3,300 miles per year? Run it at highway speeds once in a while.
My ATF looks and smells perfect. Transmission runs perfect.

My PT: 2001, 98,300 miles. Runs perfect.
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Old 05 Jun 2014, 02:30 pm
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The book says every 30,000 miles.
But what if you only drive 3,300 miles per year? Run it at highway speeds once in a while.
My ATF looks and smells perfect. Transmission runs perfect.

My PT: 2001, 98,300 miles. Runs perfect.
It's to late when you notice something. There is a filter in there. Over time becomes more clogged until fluid starvation takes its toll. No more perfect.
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Old 05 Jun 2014, 03:47 pm
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Default Re: Automatic Transmission Fluid Change

The 30,000 is for a pan drop and filter change and fluid fill a minor service that shops only charge 49-89 to perform? You can do it yourself easy enough with common garage tools for around 30 bucks?
It is called preventive maintenance. IMHO a complete flush is what you should really be doing at this point.

Do a search of this forum and you will read several postings of troubles with the ATX which IMO can be traced to infrequent filter and oil changes and not doing factory updates on the TCM. Sure you might be the lucky one and be able to go one more mile and make your no trouble claim and then what when you come to a stop and thats it no movement!
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Old 05 Jun 2014, 07:16 pm
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Default Re: Automatic Transmission Fluid Change

Think how many shifts are in those short trips...
Miles on a clear highway exercises the trans less than short hops.
Find a place with a flushing machine, and have the trans flushed. Be sure they only use ATF + 4.
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Old 09 Jun 2014, 11:47 am
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Default Re: Automatic Transmission Fluid Change

My owner's manual says every 60,000 miles.
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The book says every 30,000 miles.
But what if you only drive 3,300 miles per year? Run it at highway speeds once in a while.
My ATF looks and smells perfect. Transmission runs perfect.

My PT: 2001, 98,300 miles. Runs perfect.
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Old 09 Jun 2014, 12:15 pm
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Default Re: Automatic Transmission Fluid Change

My Chilton Manual says 30,000 miles or 2 yrs.
I just found my 2001 PT Owner's Manual from Chrysler and it says 48,000 miles.

I changed my A/T fluid and filter 7,000 miles ago but, it has been two years!

Also check this out from Havoline ATF+4, specifically for Chryslers100,000 miles!!
Automatic Transmission Fluid, ATF4, Dexron VI, MD3 - Havoline

I am wondering wether fluid formulation has improved so much in the las 13 yrs, which is the age of my PT, to the point were its life has been extended.
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Old 09 Jun 2014, 01:29 pm
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Default Re: Automatic Transmission Fluid Change

Not sure why this is such a thought exercise question? If you value peace of mind and your PT just change the fluid. It is a good preventive and inexpensive maintenance even if the fluid in your Transmission is currently just ok?



If you feel that you fit into the average driving and operating environment category the recommendation by OE and oil supplying companies advertise than follower there information?


Personally I like the Peace of mind!
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My Chilton Manual says 30,000 miles or 2 yrs.
I just found my 2001 PT Owner's Manual from Chrysler and it says 48,000 miles.

I changed my A/T fluid and filter 7,000 miles ago but, it has been two years!

Also check this out from Havoline ATF+4, specifically for Chryslers100,000 miles!!
Automatic Transmission Fluid, ATF4, Dexron VI, MD3 - Havoline

I am wondering wether fluid formulation has improved so much in the las 13 yrs, which is the age of my PT, to the point were its life has been extended.
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Old 09 Jun 2014, 05:05 pm
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Default Re: Automatic Transmission Fluid Change

5 quarts of ATF 4 a filter is about $75 not a lot for peace of mine
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