Sorry to be asking these old questions, but I feel like I don’t have time this morning to research the answers on the site.
'99 Escort, about 75K miles. Son has my car at out-of-town school, getting ready to move to another city. He asked what maintenance should be done beyond regular oil changes. I reviewed my service records, and decided that changing coolant, ATF, and brake fluid should be done. For ATF, based on several years following this site, I specifically said drop the pan and drain the fluid; do not flush (“Transmission flush = wallet flush”). (Also to inspect brakes and serpentine belt, but that’s not pertinent here.)
So, of course his trusted independent mechanic (near the urban campus) is pushing for tranny flush: “Draining only gets 1/4 of the fluid.” Do you experts still hold by drop-and-drain? What’s the rationale? “Only 1/4 of the fluid” seems low; anything unusual about the Escort?
And mechanic has said to do brake flush, rather than just replace the fluid. (What the heck is the difference???) Do you experts have any advice?
And BTW – for coolant, which do you prefer: drain-only, or flush (I’ve done both on various cars I have owned)?
Beyond that, it’s all psychological. Son has time now; the shop is very convenient; he’s leaving in two weeks and will never see this mechanic again.