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Old 07-02-2004, 02:06 PM   #1
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I was checking the tranny fluid level the other day, and when I pulled the stick smoke / steam was coming out of the tube. Not alot but enough to see it.

Any ideas? Is it normal at all? I was down about a half a pint.
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Might just be some condensation or something evaporating ...
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I've owned my 90 SSE since new (248000 mi) and have NEVER changed the trans fluid. A Trans guy told me at about 110000mi to never change it because it will loosen up crap in the lines and cause a stroke. So far so good.

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I was checking the tranny fluid level the other day, and when I pulled the stick smoke / steam was coming out of the tube. Not alot but enough to see it.

Any ideas? Is it normal at all? I was down about a half a pint.
KEOTOK, with well over 250,000 miles by now on the original trans(w/o changing the trans oil) NOTHING is normal with your car!
So, I wouldn't worry. Just add half a pint of trans fluid and party on!
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yep got 264K mi now. I've never seen smoke come outta there. I'm tempted to change the filter, but I dont know......
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I know that it'* against your religion to change the trans oil/filter, but my personal feeling is that it would be a good idea and it really couldn't hurt. They have a write up here in Tech Info that will take you through the routine which I'm sure you know about. Like I said before I doubt you have any serious problems. And if you do break down(uh, bad chioce of words) and change the trans oil, don't forget to clean the pan(and the magnet) real good.
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I broke my own rule and changed out the trans filter.

The fluid was awful. It was basically black - looked like motor oil, but worse it had the consistency of water.

Funny thing is, she'* starting up better now. I mentioned in another thread that she wasn't starting on the first go. Now it starts right up. All the troubleshooting I did and it looks like it was the trans fluid.

So the clock starts here...... I changed it on Fri 1JUL 04. Let'* see if the theory of "Don't change the fluid after a certain time because it will destroy your trans" holds up or not.

I'm hoping for not.
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Just full of good news, aint ya Jr?
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yep got 264K mi now.
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The fluid was awful. It was basically black - looked like motor oil, but worse it had the consistency of water.

Funny thing is, she'* starting up better now. I mentioned in another thread that she wasn't starting on the first go. Now it starts right up. All the troubleshooting I did and it looks like it was the trans fluid.

Let'* see if the theory of "Don't change the fluid after a certain time because it will destroy your trans" holds up or not.

I'm hoping for not.
This may sound like "If it ain't broke, fix it until it breaks" but I would change the transmission oil one more time in a few months(assuming the car is still running)LOL

Also, if and when your car does decide to "pack it in". I would consider donating the car to GM so they can study the transmission and find out what they did right!!!
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