Maintenance questions - pulsation and Tranny fluid color

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mazda5

#41

@thegreendrag0n

Thanks for everything. I might as well go to dealer and have it flushed - I found a former mechanic working as an adviser at the dealership - gained some confidence in dealership - private shops are either vague or telling me that they specialize on Hondas & Toyotas. After the flush, I will drain and fill myself every 2 yrs as I have been doing on my Integras.

The Mazda people are doing all kind of stuff - eg adding a cooler, ext filter, Magnetic filter etc and then go long time between changes.


#42

life would not be such beautiful if everything was so easy, would it not? :slight_smile:


#43

@thegreendrag0n - you are correct.

WellsFargo bank (as opposed to Bank of America) founders debated a lot and in return they gave a lot back to shareholders!


#44

What does that have to do with transmission fluid ?


#45

Was that before or after the feds cracking down on them?


#46

@MMikeInNH - this was during the early days as they founded the company.
CircuitCity returned a lot to stakeholders but now out of biz!


#47

That had nothing to do with why they are no longer in business.


#48

Here is the update - bought the car and took it to the dealer - It worked out better for me but not without …as @Tester said

Dealer m/c, who was being instructed by the neighbor mechanic in Spanish, removed the coolant hose instead as I was just standing outside and watching it. Another guy from the office came along to tell me that I can not stand there due to liability!

So I went to the office and told them that I do not want this m/c to work on my car - service advisor complied.

Adviser later came along to tell me that they will have to flush the 2nd time to get the color right - no extra.

In the end it worked out better for me because their fluid is cheap for them (listed at $4.41, retail at $9.60) and they flushed it twice for no extra cost. Also knocked 10% off on the bill for the mishap.

Looking back, I now feel comfortable using Valvoline full syn that @thegreendrag0n recommended - this car’s tranny shares stuff & other parts with Ford - Vaolvoline is about $20 for gallon. Even their OEM fluid came to that price (list price) but the markup is 100% for retail customers making it expensive than Honda ATF!


#49

Good summary there OP, thanks for the update. In my area there are often significant reductions in prices for oils and transmission fluids at auto parts stores, approaching 50% discount compared to the normal price, during sales. The best prices at PepBoys tend to be during their yearly Founder’s Week sale.


#50

@George_San_Jose1 - you’re welcome and thanks for your ongoing contributions. It was good to see many viewpoints in this forum to get the perspective.

The dealership I went to is just around the corner from where you are - Stevens creek

Thanks for the tip on Founder’s week sale.


#51

When is it - went to PepBoys and the guy didn’t know?


#52

Congrats with a purchase and with getting service done by professionals!
Hopefully you will get years of useful life from your Mazda5


#53

Thanks a million to you for bringing your brand specific knowledge!

For Mazda Skyactiv autos, no flush just drain and fill only.


#54

According to this utube vdo it’s this upcoming week; in 2014 anyway, watching the vdo, it was around the middle of Feb.

https://www.ispot.tv/ad/7B2e/pepboys-founders-day-sale-2014

You can always surf to the pepboys website and ask a question to their customer service department, they should know. I seem to remember it being warmer than February when they had that sale, but I might not be remembering correctly.


#56

@cdaquila

Can we do please do something about the @mechguru spam