I’m new here and a dunce when it comes to cars - I did some searching on the forums before making a new post, and I’m not sure if my issue is being addressed. I’m getting conflicting information about how to address a problem with my 2013 Corolla (bought used two years ago at 46,000 miles) - one from my regular mechanic, and another from Toyota.
I took the car in to my mechanic for it’s 60,000 mile maintenance at mile 59,800. It had a few minor issues that I did suspect, but one blindsided me. The transmission fluid is a very dark brown. The mechanic confirmed that the fluid has no odor to it that would lead them to think the fluid is burned. I’m not having any troubles operating the vehicle, nor am I experiencing anything out of the ordinary with it. My mechanic is confident that the transmission is in working condition (At least his technician is). My mechanic recommends a process where they would pump out the old fluid and immediately replace it with new fluid through the same process.
I called Toyota, since the transmission is still covered under warranty and I don’t want to do something to violate it in case there’s a bigger problem. Over the phone they told me I’d need to take it to a dealership, and that Toyota doesn’t recommend what my mechanic wants to do. Toyota wants to do a drain and fill.
My mechanic is concerned if they do that, they won’t remove the old fluid completely and I’ll just end up back where I’m started.
If this were you, who’s direction would you follow - and why?
Thanks again to anyone who takes the time to offer input, I appreciate it!