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Old 09-02-2003, 12:44 AM   #11
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lets say a basic tranny fix costs $1-2000. If you got an $80 flush every year, you could have 12-25 flushes with that money. Sounds like a good investment to me, especially what with how long our engines last, the tranny is the weakest link in the system.
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The additives in most transmission fluids are meant to recondition the seals... so wouldn't changing it every year be a little harsh on the transmission?
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Well I checked my tranny fluid today when it was hot (or warm) and the color is fine...reddish color...not the slightest bit dark. But I'm a maintenance freak when it comes to changing oil...so I think next time I change the oil..in 2 months or less..I'll have the tranny fluid changed also. Thanks for the advice Jr and everyone else.
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If I had a drain plug on my trans pans, I'd change out the 6 quarts every time I change the oil just for the heck of it... I know its not all of the fluid, but its something... Thats just me...
I thought about getting one of those quick oil change systems and adapting it to the tranny, especially after the mess I made changing my fluid. BUT, you'd still want to clean the magnet...

BTW. Anyone ever thought of changing out that magnet? I have a couple of magnets I pulled from an old hard drive. Powerful little suckers! Think this would be a good or bad idea as thew stock magnet seems pretty weak to me.
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What'* involved in doing a complete flush? Can I do it myself?
They have a neat machine now that does the complete flush change while you wait, and never spills a drop.. They fill one half of it with the new fluid, and the other side has an empty container for the old. Disconnect the line where it enters the radiator cooler, and hook both sides to this machine. Start machine, run car for 3 minutes, then off, and machine takes over. 10 minutes and it empties its new fluid into the car, and collects the dark old fluid into its garbage container. Portable on wheels, runs off your cars 12V.
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...... If you have chunks.. Than you have problems.. LOL
Not necessarily. I've had big plastic pieces in the filter of a 97 and it continues to run. Now... how long is yet to be determined, but right now its smooth as can be.
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jr's3800, Had a tranny flush done this morning. It must have done the trick because I no longer have the surge or "bogging down" when it goes into overdrive between 45-50 mph. The sensation now is one smooth shift. I tried various loads at those speeds and all the shifts are nice and smooth. I guess I didn't have any large chunks are they would have said something. I guess prevention is the best medicine.
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jr'3800, Yeah. A guy pulled in right after me in a 93 white se in pretty bad shape. Rust all around the bottom, paint fading, ect. He asked me how I kept my car in such good shape. All I said was, TLC.
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I think it is the orginal paint. Guess the origional owner took good care of it. I had a 92 Ols Cutlass that I had for a year before I traded it on the Bonnie. The cutlass was in pretty bad shape. Rust all along the bottom and it had 148,000 mi on it before I traded. It ran good but the Bonne caught my eye.
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Yeah. I got the 92 Olds when my lease ran out on Aurora. I just couldn't justify getting into another lease since I am on a medical leave of absence from flying. The FAA requires a three year observation period before I can return to my flying duties. Have another year and a half to go unless something drastic changes. So far I am well satisfied with the Bonne I got.
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