Originally Posted by silverstang2005 View Post
I took mine to firestone and had it done for 129. A lot of places charge extra because there is no dipstick. I did a lot of calling around to find the best price, but it depends on what you have near you. I would have done it myself, but its too much hassle plus I dont want to screw anything up.
ya, this has been talked about alot on here. you can drop the pan, replace the filter, and replace the 5 or so qts of fluid ( out of 12 qts in the trans
) with a hand pump and a thermometer. or just drain that amount and replace without doing the filter, but the flush is the only way to replace the 12 qts of fluid, and flushes the converter at the same time. ive thought about just doing the 5 and more frequently as to try to keep the fluid in better condition, but like you said its a hassle and would be like changing part of your motor oil, not so great.
the theory is being sealed, there is no way for contaminates to enter the trans
, making it good for the life of the car or 100k. that couldnt be more untrue. at 50k, my red trans
fluid was solid black. the temps break down the fluid, which in turn destroys the trans
. the best thing you can do (imo) esp if you drive spirited, is change the fluid every 35k, and replace the filter after 3 flushes, or around 100k. my next flush gets a filter with it.
there are a couple other options out there, and i dont have the link any more for a deep trans
pan that comes with a dipstick. but it was very expensive. the advantage there is it holds more fluid, less heat, and the level can be checked easily. also on the collective, there is a write up to make and install your own dipstick into the trans
pan. though both these options are good ideas, they still wont replace all the fluid which is the real issue.