Coolant and Transmission Fluid change.

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Old 23 Oct 2006, 11:15 pm   #1 (permalink)
Al
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Default Coolant and Transmission Fluid change.

I took my wifes 2004 Camry (4 cyl.) LE to the dealer for an oil change, tire
rotation, and brake inspection at about 19,000. There were no apparent
problems with the car. The service rep told me everything was fine, but
they recommended a radiator drain and new coolant installed along with a
transmission service where they replace about 5 quarts of fluid. I didn't
have it done since I thought it was too soon and the transmission was
running fine and the fluid looked good and red and had no burned smell. The
car will be about 3 years old this Dec. 31. Should I have said OK to either
of these services? I thought I could safely go another year on the coolant,
and I also though it is much too early for any kind of transmission service.
Incidentally, the dealers price for the two services was about $150.
Al


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Old 24 Oct 2006, 12:11 am   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Coolant and Transmission Fluid change.

19000 miles is still OK. I would suggest when that time comes, do the
rotation, brake inspection and coolant change by yourself ( if your
into it), its much easier to do than drain transmission fluid. Just
remember to use distilled water on your radiator.

On Oct 23, 9:15 pm, "Al" <albe...@joimail.com> wrote:
> I took my wifes 2004 Camry (4 cyl.) LE to the dealer for an oil change, tire
> rotation, and brake inspection at about 19,000. There were no apparent
> problems with the car. The service rep told me everything was fine, but
> they recommended a radiator drain and new coolant installed along with a
> transmission service where they replace about 5 quarts of fluid. I didn't
> have it done since I thought it was too soon and the transmission was
> running fine and the fluid looked good and red and had no burned smell. The
> car will be about 3 years old this Dec. 31. Should I have said OK to either
> of these services? I thought I could safely go another year on the coolant,
> and I also though it is much too early for any kind of transmission service.
> Incidentally, the dealers price for the two services was about $150.
> Al


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Old 24 Oct 2006, 07:25 am   #3 (permalink)
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EdV wrote:
> 19000 miles is still OK. I would suggest when that time comes, do the
> rotation, brake inspection and coolant change by yourself ( if your
> into it), its much easier to do than drain transmission fluid. Just
> remember to use distilled water on your radiator.
>
> On Oct 23, 9:15 pm, "Al" <albe...@joimail.com> wrote:
>> I took my wifes 2004 Camry (4 cyl.) LE to the dealer for an oil change, tire
>> rotation, and brake inspection at about 19,000. There were no apparent
>> problems with the car. The service rep told me everything was fine, but
>> they recommended a radiator drain and new coolant installed along with a
>> transmission service where they replace about 5 quarts of fluid. I didn't
>> have it done since I thought it was too soon and the transmission was
>> running fine and the fluid looked good and red and had no burned smell. The
>> car will be about 3 years old this Dec. 31. Should I have said OK to either
>> of these services? I thought I could safely go another year on the coolant,
>> and I also though it is much too early for any kind of transmission service.
>> Incidentally, the dealers price for the two services was about $150.


Hom much is the disposal fee?
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Old 24 Oct 2006, 08:06 am   #4 (permalink)
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And im sure it was tap and not distilled water, distilled would have
brought your price to 315. Dealers are rip offs. Draining your trans
through the dain plug is a good idea. it might take a few quarts and
cost you 30$ at your local honest oil change place. You filter and pan
drop should wait.

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