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Old 01-11-2008, 01:33 AM
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Transmission fluid change question...

My car has 312,0000+ miles. I am fairly certain it is the original trans. I have at least one entry in my service log for a fluid and filter change. It is no doubt time for it to be changed again.

My question:
Not knowing what kind of fluid as in there now, I am assuming it is not synthetic. Would you switch to a synthetic now?
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Sure I would change to synthetic Trans fluid.

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Old 01-11-2008, 03:41 AM
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Yes

Redline synthetic is some really good stuff,it makes shifting very smooth,in your case i would drain tq and flush it or change again in say 4-5 months just to be sure a lot of super old gunk gets out,sometimes whats in there for so long comes out and your tranny may not like that.
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Old 01-11-2008, 08:59 AM
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Would you switch to a synthetic now?

If you know with certainty that the fluid has never been changed, I wouldn't even consider syn fluid, I'd focus on DEXRON only.

The syn fluids typical offer far more cleansing power. If you have signficant build-ups of garbage, this new syn fluid is likely to free up all sorts of bad stuff which will then be circulating in your transmission.

Drain the fluid, examine the pan and filter closely. Does it look bad or is it still fairly clean? Make a trans fluid decision following a visual inspection ... and change that fluid more often!
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agree...no syn. don't flush... just drain and replace filter
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:32 AM
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If you know with certainty that the fluid has never been changed, I wouldn't even consider syn fluid, I'd focus on DEXRON only.

The syn fluids typical offer far more cleansing power. If you have signficant build-ups of garbage, this new syn fluid is likely to free up all sorts of bad stuff which will then be circulating in your transmission.

Drain the fluid, examine the pan and filter closely. Does it look bad or is it still fairly clean? Make a trans fluid decision following a visual inspection ... and change that fluid more often!
IMHO, there's probably 2 schools of thought on this one. I would put syn in it or at least a blend, in fact, for the cleaning properties of syn. I believe it is good to clean out the build-up in the tranny. I put syn in my 80 & 84 Ds. The shifting improved. Thats why some people use Trans-X.

The other shool-of-thought is what you said.
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You can rest assured that traditional DEXRON has strong cleaning capability. That's not a weakness by any measure.
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Iam running Amsoil syn. did the change over at 330940 mIles.
transmission shifts like butter. also replaced the K-1 kit at the
same time.

As far as gunk and debris floating around the trans, maybe that
is what the filter is for? I have been running it 4400 miles so far.

Be sure to drain the torq converter, easy to do. I drained my trans
for about two months, you may not want to take that long to do
the job, but I was replacing the eng. at that time.

As far as leaks, I haven`t noticed any at this time.

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At that kind of mileage don't waste your money on synthetic, whats it going to extend the life a bit, its already worn out Mobil 1 isn't going to fix that. Save the synthetic for when you rebuild it.


Get whatever ATF is on sale at autozoo.
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What makes you think the trans is worn out? The car runs great. (knocking on wood sound)
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300k miles, how much more can you expect out of it? I'm sure it shifts fine, mine at 267k shifts pretty damn good to. But it can go at any time.

But its not going to last another 200k miles, and its going to blow at some point synthetic or not.

Its like giving up smoking when you are 95, yeah its going to make a difference!
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300k miles, how much more can you expect out of it? I'm sure it shifts fine, mine at 267k shifts pretty damn good to. But it can go at any time.

But its not going to last another 200k miles, and its going to blow at some point synthetic or not.

Its like giving up smoking when you are 95, yeah its going to make a difference!
Well we are up to 335300 so far on the original trans. so maybe synthetic
is a waste of money in your opinion. I have noticed an improvement in
the way it shifts.
so maybe it will crap out tomarrow, and then maybe it will go another
100,000. we`ll see.
you are right it will blow at some point, but if it does, oh well.
I`ll fix it with a 4-speed conversion.

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The syn fluids typical offer far more cleansing power. If you have signficant build-ups of garbage, this new syn fluid is likely to free up all sorts of bad stuff which will then be circulating in your transmission.
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So by that your saying put in standard dino dex fluid and just let the build-up and crud stay where it is rather then get cleaned out? I dont understand your logic for that.

As for my suggestion, put in a cheap group 3 synthetic fluid like Valvoline's ATF 'full synthetic' fluid and run it for a shorter amount of time then specified (3 months) to get the build up cleaned out. Then switch to a true Full synthetic like Redline or Amsoil.
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If there isn't any shifting problems and the fluid isn't burned or dirty, I would think twice before doing a full change out with Syn. My opinion is that your transmission depends somewhat on that buildup around pistons to maintain a good seal and pressure. Dissolve too much of that and you could be in trouble.
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So by that your saying put in standard dino dex fluid and just let the build-up and crud stay where it is rather then get cleaned out? I dont understand your logic for that.

The cleaning process would be more gradual.

Let's keep in mind, I'm only suggesting using the product the factory specified. I'm not charting any new territory with the recommendation.

I'd say there is an certain amount of "unknown" when working with a neglected transmission that has never been maintained.
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