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bls8195

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Transmission Fluid Change
« on: May 02, 2006, 10:25:25 AM »

About when do you guys change your transmission fluid? Also what fluid do you reccomend? I was looking at Mobil 1
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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2006, 04:33:16 PM »

I have been tossing that around myself. I will most likely stay away from synthetics until after the warrenty is up. As for when ... again I usually stay pretty close to recommended schedule until after warrenty.
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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2006, 07:27:48 PM »

 Gentleman. If you are talking about Transmission Fluid Change, ATF+4 IS SYNTHETIC.  Make sure you only use ATF+4, which is the recommended fluid.  You do not have to buy it from Chrysler anymore. You can buy Valvoline ATF+4 at less then $4.00 a quart.
Oh, and that old tip about your tranny fluid being BAD if it smells like burnt toast, forget it.  The ATF+4 smells like burnt toast, even before you put it in the tranny.   ::)
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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2006, 02:08:28 PM »

The owner's manual states that you just "inspect" the transmission fluid at something like 48,000 miles, but I would like to know a good interval to just replace the fluid. It doesn't seem to be every 30,000 miles as in day's gone by..........

I do not tow, most of my driving is city, and I presently have about 33,000 miles on my '04 Pacifica. The fluid looks great and does not smell like burnt toast.

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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2006, 04:35:05 PM »

I know I may be a little over the top . . .

Just changed my '05 the other week at 63,000 km (approx 36,000 miles).  

I prefer to flush entire system including converter and am going to go every 50,000 km. Cost was only $199.00 at dealer.

Oil is cheap.  Transmissions are not.   8)
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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2006, 11:25:16 AM »

So when changing this yourself on the Pacifica is it going to drain most of the fluid or just some of it? I was thinking about just doing it myself. It seems alot cheaper, but I hear mixed things about this some people say they get all of it out by just draining it, and others seem to say that they don't get all of it out. Therefore I am asking you guys. Please help me in this matter.
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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2006, 06:58:49 PM »

As a school trained auto mechanic that worked for over 10 years in the trade, I can say this, "Let the professionals do the trans service!"
I have access to a shop and lift, but will let the dealer or my friend that owns the shop do the trans service.  It is messy and if you don't use the correct fluid or the proper amount you will end up paying a lot more than the cost of a trans service.  The complete trans should be flushed which requires the proper equipment.  Draining the 3 or 4 quarts in the pan and  leaving 7 dirty quarts in the convert does help a lot..
Sorry, this isn't rocket science, but  trans repairs are big buckos if you mess it i up.  Just my 2 cents worth..

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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2006, 03:58:56 AM »

Airscapes is correct.  We cannot get the oil out of the torque converter by draining only . . . it needs to be flushed properly.
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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2006, 06:12:31 AM »

 I have always done my own tranny fluid/filter changes for the past 45 years.
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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2006, 09:23:14 AM »

So do you think Mobil 1 transmission fluid going to work?
It says it is recommened for all Chrysler vehicles.
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Re: Transmission Fluid Change
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2006, 12:41:04 PM »

 I have not seen any ATF+4  MOBIL1 Tranny fluid. I am not saying it is not out there but I have never heard of it.  
I would ONLY USE FLUID that says ATF+4 ONLY.  
Sure,it might say 'recommended for all Chrysler vehicles' , however what year was that printed??  Does that mean all Chrysler transmissions up to when it was printed in 1999????
I would want it to state  ATF+4 on the container.

That is My opinion.
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