Automatic transmission fluid change help

Hi I have a petrol 2008 automatic 1.4 Vauxhall corsa with around 83,000 miles and I’m looking to change the automatic transmission fluid but I can’t find a definitive answer as to which one to use. The oil isn’t red anymore and is more of a slightly dark brown. Any advice would be appreciated

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Automatic transmission fluid change

Has anyone changed the fluid on an auto transmission? I have 14 frs. The Subaru dealer had hard time getting part number but none in ohio. The Toyota dealer also had hard time figuring out fill and drain gasket/ washer. Toyota also did not have any in stock.

Can anyone advise a part number? Are the fill and drain the same? Is it a flat washer, crush washer, or rubber gasket?

Seems like everything I find is for manual transmission.

Any help would be appreciated.

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2010 Legacy, automatic. CVT, unsure when (or if) transmission fluid was ever changed. 130k, I bought it at 109k. Mechanic said fluid was dark. No issues, should I change it?

I was told it was a few hundred dollar job, I called around to shop and 2 of the 4 places said just to leave it. I don't know if that's wise. I'm at about 130k now.

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Transmission Fluid change/flush in 2013 Jetta 2.5 (Automatic/Non-DSG)

I was wondering if anyone had any input on how difficult this is to change on your own and roughly how much a VW dealership charges? Any input is appreciated

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First time going for automatic transmission fluid change service. Need some advice.

Car: Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2011 2.0 Turbo Automatic

Questions I have:

  1. What type (or even brand) of transmission fluid should I purchase?
  2. How much in volume? It is like 4 L or so?
  3. What else in terms of supplies required to perform the service? I agreed with the mechanic that I am buying my own parts and fluids, etc. and he charges me around $40 to perform the work. Don't want him to overcharge me for some small things I could get for cheap. What other parts needed to do the job?

Maybe a bit too dummy, but I need to know. Thanks

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190C Automatic transmission fluid change

We drained it and now we don't know where to fill it back up. Where and how do we do that?

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Should I change my automatic transmission fluid? 209k miles Accord 2004

I bought an Accord 2004 when it was at 160k miles 4 years ago, and now it is at 209k miles. I checked on the Carfax and there does not appear to anything there that says the previous owner had the ATF changed. I read that if the ATF has not been changed for a long time and it is already dark then it is not worth risking changing it as it may cause more problems and will damage the transmission. So is it better to just leave it like this?

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Am I okay to do a automatic transmission fluid change?

I have a 2008 Acura TL Type S and it shifts really jerky. Also when taking off, usually after warming it up, it stays at really high revs before it upshifts, almost as if the car forgets that it has to up shift. I was wondering if I should change the transmission fluid. (Just drain from underneath the car and add more in), the car has ~110,000km on it and I have no clue if it has ever been changed, although it is brown when I look at the dip stick. The manual says the car should say when to change the fluid but it hasn’t yet. I’m just worried that maybe I should leave it because people say that it can affect the car for the worse if it hasn’t been changed.

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2006 Honda CRV automatic transmission high miles - noob question about fluid change

Hello good people of Reddit! I am a car noob and a broke grad, and I bought a 2006 Honda CRV automatic transmission earlier this year with 160K miles on it. It now has 171K miles on it. It runs well and has been problem-free, touchwood. The maintenance I have done on it are regular engine oil changes with conventional oil, replacing the front pair of struts and replacing the four tires.

I don't know if the earlier two owners did any maintenance on this car. I have been advised to change the transmission fluid and differential fluid. I have heard that if these fluids have never been changed ever in the car, and you suddenly put in new fluid at 160K miles, problems will start to show up like transmission slippage and howling while turning corners. My car does not have these problems as of now.

So my question to you all is, should I fix something that is not broken? The car's going well as of now. Should I just leave the trans fluid and diff fluid alone as they are? Or should I change them? I should mention I am on a very tight budget. I shall spend what is absolutely necessary for the car, but can't really afford anything more. Thank you for your responses.

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Automatic CVT transmission fluid change (or flush) interval? Manual says nothing.

2012 Suzuki Kizashi automatic (CVT) FWD. 89k miles, have never done a CVT flush or change.

  • Uses a Nissan Jatco CVT. See here for CVT info: http://aamcoftp.com/sites/aamcotech/assets/cvt-manual_cvt-manual.pdf.

  • Owner's manual doesn't specify any change / flush intervals, but the document in the link does (60k miles for a 'change' (and no 'flush' mentioned anywhere).. but doesn't specify if filter needs changing).

  • Same CVT in Nissans (Maxima, Altima, Rogue, Versa), and some other cars (see link above if interested).

The owners manual doesn't specify when to change (or flush) the transmission fluid.

I doubt the transmission fluid lasts 'forever'.

  • When should I change it?

  • WHen I change it, is it also important to change both filters? (There are two. One in the transmission pan (easy), and the other near the radiator (hard)). Can I just change the easy one?

  • When, if at all, should I do a flush?

  • Is it OK to 'mix' different kind of CVT fluid? I don't know what the previous owner used (can't tell with the current CVT fluid colour).

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2002 Ford Mustang GT Automatic Transmission Fluid Change

I am planning on changing my automatic transmission fluid, transmission filter, and pan gasket. Does anyone know how much AT fluid I should put in? I can not find a straight answer online.

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Is this automatic transmission fluid too burnt to change? Ive heard if you change burnt tranny fluid youe transmission can slip. 1997 Corolla CE
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How do you change automatic transmission fluid?

Firstly I'll ask how much does transmission fluid cost in Australia from Toyota if any aussie. Or if another brand from another store is better quality do let me know also.

Ok so it's time for me to change the automatic transmission fluid on my 86gt model. Doing an oil change is no problem but I'm struggling to find the automatic transmission fluid screws to empty it and the port where I can pour the new fluid. Can anyone help with instructions or is there a good video link guide somewhere?

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2012 Chevy sonic ltz Automatic transmission fluid change

Hey guys my fiancee has a 2012 Chevy sonic ltz and its been slipping for like 3 weeks now it doesn't do it every time only in lower speeds and usually in 2nd to 3rd gear i thought it was an air and gas ratio but im thinking its the transmission im just going to do a drain and fill. Any advice?

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2002 Subaru Forester with an automatic transmission. I have changed transmission fluid about a year ago, do I have to change the differential oil as well? I thought it was only necessary for manual cars and I haven't found anything online about it.

I've seen someone online doing it, but the liquid that came out seemed more like gear oil than transmission fluid. For automatic, does the transmission fluid flow through the front and rear differential as well, or just the rear differential, or is that all just for the manual version?

I am noob, thank you for the help.

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Transmission Question: Can automatic transmission fluid be so bad that it would be dangerous to change it?

I took my vehicle to a transmission place because of a vibration which occurs when at low RPMs in any gear. I didn't know if a fluid change or flush would help but I assumed it needed one anyway so I requested it be done. They said that the fluid is so old/bad/degraded that it shouldn't be changed because the detergents/conditioners in the new fluid would break up sediment which would clog things...etc.. etc.. I didn't really understand it myself but that's the gist of it.

Is this legit? It sounds like a more complicated version of the "don't wash my vehicle because the dirt is what's holding it together" joke but this time they're serious. I can take it to a Valvoline or something to get a flush/fluid change, no questions asked but since the actual transmission place said not to do it, I've held off getting it done.

Thoughts?

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Automatic transmission fluid change, yea or nay?

Vehicle is a 1992 Ford F-150 2wd, AOD (automatic) transmission, with just under 145,000 miles.

The transmission will hesitate to shift from first to second gear when cold, and often shifts hard between third and fourth gears (cold or hot). Will changing the ATF do any good at this point? I have read there is a risk of transmission failure to an older vehicle by putting in new fluid. The fluid doesn't smell burnt, and isn't brown. I don't know if the fluid has ever been changed before.

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DIY 2016 Audi A3 automatic transmission fluid change?

I've been looking all over the internet on how to do a transmission fluid change for a 2016 Audi A3 automatic transmission. If anyone has some good links our know how please let me know. Thanks guys.

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Automatic Transmission Fluid Change at 79k Miles? Toyota Camry

Hello all, I have recently just purchased a 2008 Toyota Camry LE automatic with 79k miles.

I went over the owners manual but no where does it say to change the ATF, I have read posts saying to change it every 50k miles or so or don’t change it at all if it’s over 100k miles and my car is somewhere in between.

I’m not much of a car inclined person, but I want this car to last me throughout university.

Tl;dr - Should I change the automatic transmission fluid of my 2008 Toyota Camry at 79k Miles? Also what preventive maintenance things should I change beside oil, and spark plugs? Thank you.

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Has any done an automatic transmission fluid change themselves on their Lexus? Specifically 3.5/6AT U660E transmission. Any tips for a DIYer?
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When to change automatic transmission fluid?

So I have heard many conflicting reports about this subject and wanted to hear some insight as to when is necessary to change AT fluid. I have a 2013 Hyundai Sonata 2.4 liter with 64,000 miles. The car shifts like a dream and I haven’t had any issues with it. Owners manual says to change the AT fluid at 60K with severe driving. I will note that 90% of miles are from highway driving and I only drive this car on average 1 day per week. What are your thoughts on when this AT fluid should actually be changed?

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[2015 ltd] Change your Automatic Transmission Fluid!

2015 RAV4 Limited AWD 60,200 miles

So this year I hit the 60,000 mi mark, meaning it's time for an inspection of seals, tires, and most importantly, some critical fluids changed. Typically, this is around the time the transmission fluid (ATF) is changed, along with differential fluid. Toyota's maintenance schedule cites never needing to change the ATF except under heavy usage conditions.

My driving habits are pretty typical. I commute about 50 miles a day, and sometimes make longer trips up the coast of California. When I took the car into the dealer for 60k service, they said I didn't need an ATF flush. I asked if they could do it anyway, and they quoted me $270. I specifically asked for a sample of fluid to take a look at once they were done.

Went to pick up my car, and they showed me the ATF. Pinkish brown. This fluid definitely needed to be changed. The lead technician agreed with me after seeing the fluid.

My advice to everyone to to strongly consider changing your automatic transmission fluid at 50-60k miles. This is very typical of vehicles' maintenance schedules, so when Toyota recommended never changing it, I was skeptical, and was glad I was. Please save your RAV4 by taking care of it.

#Additional notes:

  • 2013+ RAV4s don't have transmission dipsticks, so you can't check the fluid traditionally. You can potentially check the fluid by slowly cracking open the drain port while the engine is hot or by using the specialized tools provided by Toyota.
  • If you get this done by someone other than the dealer, ask if they can do a transmission flush instead of simple fluid change. When doing an ATF change, about 60% of the old fluid remains in the pan, meaning you only changed 40% of your fluid. A flush theoretically exchanges all or nearly all of the fluid.
  • Differential fluid was also dirty and had some sparklies in it. It was definitely time to change this. Jiffy Lube can do it, or you can do it on your own, it's just gear oil and not nearly as critical and involved a process as ATF flush.
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7 speed automatic transmission - Change fluid or not?

2013 FX37 w/ 83k miles. The dealer keeps insisting that my transmission fluid is dirty and it needs changed.

The Infiniti maintenance manual says that the transmission is maintenance free / closed system and doesn't need changed.

To change or not to change?

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I heard you can add some automatic transmission fluid to your engine oil, let it cycle through for a day or longer and then change it out with regular oil and it will help clean your engine. Is this true?

2009 Ford Focus, 125,000km, 2.0L 4 cyl, 4 Speed Automatic.

My winter vehicle has some high milage on it and I'd like it to last as long as possible. I heard about the automatic transmission fluid thing a little while back but have never tried it. Is this something that works or is something that should never be done?

Edit: I'd like to thank everyone so far for their responses. Seems to be the best thing to do is to not put in any ATF and stick to good oil.

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Can I (safely) change the transmission fluid in my 2014 Chevy Cruze LT 4cyl 6 speed automatic transmission without removing the driver side front tire?

I know that the level plug is on the driver side of the transmission, behind the tire.

When I change the transmission fluid, is there any way I can do so without removing that tire? I'm pretty sure it's a necessary step to ensure proper fluid level, but it would be a lot easier if I could measure out approximately how much fluid was drained and add in that much new fluid.

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Help- Transmission fluid change on a 2012 Honda Civic ex automatic.

I was recently asked to perform a transmission fluid change for a friend in her Civic. She said an indicator light came on. (Not the check engine). I just wanted to know if anyone has had any experience doing this and could tell me wether a change is necessary. I know how to change it, but I just wanted to know if I really need to or if there are any other things I should take into consideration. Thanks!

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Change or flush automatic transmission fluid?

I know this has probably been asked before, but every situation is different. I bought an 09 i sport in March with 67k and the trans fluid was good. Now, it's at 74k and the fluid is a little dark. I don't know if the previous owner kept up with the maintenance (highly doubt it). Should I change the fluid or get a full flush. The transmission shifts like butter and I don't want to have problems if I flush it. I just want to keep this car for a long time.

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A170 year 2000 Automatic Transmission Fluid and Radiator Fluid change

Hello everyone, I own a Mercedes-Benz A170 (automatic) and got into a car accident and by replacing parts afterwards I've gathered that I need to change my Automatic Transmission Fluid and Radiator fluid. Can anyone instruct me as I'm not that good with cars but would still prefer to do it myself or at least with uncle's help who has some knowledge of that. There aren't even many car shops that would want to fix this kind of issue here. Thank you

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Automatic transmission fluid change

4runner 2006 4.0L 105K miles.

I am thinking of doing a transmission fluid change. I'm sure this has probably been discussed.

I don't know the history of the car. I don't want to do a flush, just a drain, drop the pan, change filter and then fill.

Is this recommended?

Should I first drain a little and check the color before draining all of it?

Thanks.

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1996 Ford Ranger - Automatic transmission slipping BADLY after fluid/filter change

Recently I noticed the transmission slipping and then "catching" extremely hard in my 96 v6 ranger. After noticing a small puddle underneath the transmission, I checked the fluid level and it was extremely low. I pulled off the pan, drained and cleaned it, and bought a new filter + gasket/o rings the next day to install (the truck sat with the pan off overnight). After bolting everything back up and refilling with 3.5-4 quarts of transmission fluid, the truck isn't drivable. In reverse and drive, the engine will rev high but won't turn the wheels at all. What could this be? I checked the level again and drained some after seeing it was slightly overfull - it's now at the proper level and is even worse than before.

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Automatic transmission fluid change

OK guys I have a quick question on changing the transmission fluid on my scion tc. I hear conflicting things on changing it. Since my car has 130xxx miles and I've never changed the ATF some people say I shouldn't do a flush of it because some of the gunk in there us actually helpful since it will be worn, so I should just drain and fill. I also here people say its better to flush the fluid no matter what, and drain and refill will do nothing. How do you guys weigh in on this?

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Is it easy to change your own Automatic Transmission Fluid?

My 2006 Frontier just passed 90k miles and Nissan wants to charge me $459.48 to change my Transmission Fluid and I am skeptical. Last year I changed my own window motor out and saved about $150. Could I change the transmission fluid myself and save a bunch?

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I have a 2001 Automatic Ford Taurus w/ 150k miles. I need to change the transmission fluid. Can I use a pump?

I read about doing this here: http://www.familyhandyman.com/automotive/car-maintenance/change-your-cars-transmission-fluid/view-all

Seems a lot easier than dropping the transmission pan.

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ELI5: Why is automatic transmission fluid so unique? Does the viscosity of ATF change the more it moves?

I mean what is the base reason?

Conceptually this would be like me looking at 100 toasters and they all have neat features and buttons and timers. But I'm asking "why can't we just put bread on a hot plate for the same effect?" As in "what is the effective and unique thing about a toaster that makes it work so well?"

I Know ATF has detergents and lubricants and friction modifiers. Similar to other fluids in your car. You can't put just water in it without consequences (especially in the long run!). But when you research ATF all you get is info about longevity, temperature ranges and how much abuse it can take (as well as its applications). Makes sense as that is what we need. But would water theoretically work? Or oil as it oil has more viscosity?

Does it become thicker the more it moves around in the torque converter? Kinda like cornstarch? Aside from all the other functions that fluid has... Why is it the unique stuff we need to use in that torque converter?

Oddly I've looked around the internet and ask some people IRL and no one knows why. It always comes back to the "addatives" of ATF. Not what ATF essentially is/does.

Thanks guys!

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Automatic transmission fluid - to change or not to change?

I have a 2002 Ford Focus that I got used and I've sort of neglected it in the ATF department; I don't know when the transmission fluid was last changed if ever.

After googling and reading for multiple hours my brain hurts. In the same threads on forums I see people say "I've been flushing transmission fluid in 6 cars a day for 10 years and never seen it result in a problem", and then I also see multiple people saying "I changed the fluid and 2 weeks later the transmission died".

My car has 110,000 miles on it, and I want it to last as long as possible; What would you do in my situation?
If I bring it to a shop is there anything specific I should ask them to do? I mentioned it once before at a place I usually go to and they didn't seem to think it would be bad to change it, I'm worried I will damage a perfectly good car by doing that though (based on anecdotes I've read about crud being dislodged, etc)

Any input is appreciated, thanks in advance

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Is it safe to change automatic transmission fluid after 115k miles of never changing it?

Yes, I am a lazy worthless individual, I know, but I have never changed the transmission fluid in my 2005 Civic Coupe EX Special Edition. After checking it the other day, I noticed it had a light brown tint to it. It was not low at all, just a little brown/red. Should I change the fluid after it has 115k miles on it and has never been changed? If so, just change it or have a flush done? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

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I was thinking about doing a automatic transmission filter change with 120k on the odometer. What's your opinion on changing trans fluid at this time?

I drive my parents 1993 buick regal with a 3.8L and a 4T60-E transmission. the pans starting to seep fluid as well as a cooler line. i noticed that it's about a quart low on fluid. the fluid is a nice clear light red color. no problems with the transmission in any way. to my knowledge the fluid has never been changed. we bought it used (not sure on how many miles it had on it). i was wondering what other peoples thoughts were on doing a pan service with 120,000 miles with good looking fluid. i have herd from other people to not touch it after 100k or that it'll be fine but runs a higher risk if i change the filter as some of the friction material leaves the system. i've also herd these transmissions last a good amount of time (like anything when properly maintained). i have a good amount of knowledge about cars and plan on doing this myself.

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πŸ‘€︎ u/Terabyte47
πŸ“…︎ Feb 18 2013
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2010 Legacy, automatic. CVT, unsure when (or if) transmission fluid was ever changed. 130k, I bought it at 109k. Mechanic said fluid was dark. No issues, should I change it?
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πŸ“…︎ Apr 11 2020
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