Re: Cleaning up dirty Transmission fluid

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Old 07 Mar 2004, 01:45 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default Re: Cleaning up dirty Transmission fluid

"Raul" <> wrote in message om...
> I have a recently purchased 97 Camry. Great car, but my mechanic
> noted that the transmission fluid is a little dirty. He says it is
> not near as bad as some he has seen but he recommends replacing it
> with new fluid.
> He suggests that rather than pay a transmission shop $100 to do the
> job, I buy two cases of transmission fluid and every two weeks drain
> out about 2 quarts of the dirty fluid and refill with two quarts of
> the new fluid. He says I will have to do this about 12 - 16 times to
> get all of the dirty fluid out.
> It's an easy job, but I am wondering if it will work well. I have
> always read that transmissions were sealed units, so I question
> whether this will get all the dirty fluid out.
> Does the fluid in the bottom pan of the transmission circulate enough
> to mix with the rest of the fluid in the transmission?

Also, if it's a 4 cylinder you may want to drain and fill the differential.
The diff fluid is also ATF, but is isolated from the transmission's fluid.
If it's a 6 cylinder, then it shares fluid with the tranny.
I asked this question on this group about a year ago (thanks, MDT Tech),
thought I'd share the info.

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