My transaxle fluid was changed back in 2005 @ 141,000 miles; about 44,000 miles ago.
I just checked it (warm) and the level was just about exactly where it should be and the color was light red to pinkish with no burnt smell. Now I know it’s been awhile since the last change but it doesn’t seem to need one. Should I hold off until it starts to get dark red to brown or should I just go ahead & change it?
Is it okay to wash and reuse the old filter? If this is okay, what type of solvent should I use?
My manual says to wash the pan and remove metal filings from the magnets. What type of solvent is best for this?
And I assume I’ll need a new gasket but if the old one is still in good shape can I just go ahead and reuse it?
My manual also says to install a new drain plug washer. (This sounds ridiculous to me but I’ve never done an ATF change before.)
Can anyone explain why I would need a new washer? Is this standard procedure?