I bought a 2004 Toyota Camry in July 2013 with 75,000 miles on it. It had been serviced at a Toyota dealer since its purchase (1 owner), so I didn’t take it in for service until yesterday with 86,000 miles on it. Side note: I know, I’m a dummy, I should have had it looked at when I bought it.
Back to yesterday: my mechanic says my transmission fluid it black, and informs me of how grim the situation is. You know the story, a flush might save it but the Camry likely needs a transmission rebuild. The thing is, I don’t have any transmission slippage and the car drives great. I’m not sure if the tranny fluid was changed in those first 75,000 miles, but with dealer service at all the scheduled intervals I would assume it has been (again, assuming makes me a donkey, I know!).
Any advice on my next move? I’ve heard mixed reviews about transmission flushing with black fluid present. From my internet research (third instance of my dumbness, I know), I’m thinking I’ll do 3 drain/fill sessions with 15 miles of driving in between. Then I’ll take it in and have the filter changed and the pan checked for metal residue.
If any of you wise souls has advice for me, I’d be eternally grateful. Thanks!