Transmission fluid changing

#1

i just had oil changed at dealer and they told me my transmission fluid needed changing because i got 91,000 miles on a o5 focus is that right or are they trying to get into my ss check

#2

You can check with your owners manual, but I would have changed the fluid before 91k. I would have changed it at 30-60k miles, depending on whether it’s mostly city driving or mostly highway. What you don’t want to waste your money on is a transmission flush.

#3

There should be a maintenance schedule with your owner’s manual. The schedule will tell you how often to change the transmission fluid. If it’s never been changed before I think this would be a good time.

#4

I’ll second exactly that including that I’d probably do the trans fluid every 30K even if the manual says you can go longer. You also don’t need to use a dealer for that - but don’t use corporate chain either. Find a good local independent shop - one that specialized in transmission work would be a good idea.

#5

The Ford-prescribed method for replacement of some, and maybe all, current transmissions is to pump in new transmission fluid with a machine while draining out the old at the same time. Sometimes this is referred to as a “flush”. I would prefer to call it a “fluid exchange”. Since most of the fluid is in the torque converters and can not be drained by dropping the pan, this is a very efficient method. I believe it is the way to go i that is the prescribed procedure. It can’t hurt to have a seasoned transmission expert drop the pan and “read the tea leaves” before the fluid is exchanged.

#6

Drop the pan, change the filter and refill every 25-30k I would avoid flushes unless the fluid is contaminated. It sounds as though you are 3 changes overdue. Change it.

transman

#7

i was planning on changing the tranny fluid in a 03 impala with 46.000 miles even though the owner manual recomendes 100.00 miles is their anything that i should be careful about doing .since i have never droped a trann/change thanks rob