Skip to comments.Flushing fluids isnt just unnecessary, it's potentally dangerous.
Posted on 10/04/2013 10:21:16 AM PDT by Signalman
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Although, Halogen Fluid really needs to be power flushed at least once a year.
Toyota stations are still pushing the need to clean the carbon off the throttle-plate!
At 5 years or 60k miles, some of this is required to maintain warranty. If you have a 100k warranty as I do, well....
I was advised over a decade ago against transmission flushing (by a mechanic). He said that often they clean it “too well” but did not elaborate.
I will add that the only time I have ever experienced transmission failure (on a newly purchased care under 60,000 miles) was following a transmission treatment. The car was still under warranty and the engine ran in great shape until the frame was compromised in a rear-end collision at over 100,000 miles.
Great advice - thank you!
I will follow your advice and check the manufacturer’s recommendation more carefully.
I replace the smoke on my wiring harness once every three thousand miles, and am careful to use genuige Lucas OEM smoke.
Great info, thanks for posting. I never bought the transmission fluid flush sales pitch. The first time I heard it, the guy said “...so you can see that YOUR fluid is losing its nice pinkish color.” Sheesh.
Good post. Right on the money.
This sounds like it should set off the BS meter.
Just try running that F150 for its lifetime without changing the transmission fluid. You will be replacing it at around 100k.
As the author states, most cars sold today use synthetic ATF which is far more resistant to thermal breakdown (the main cause of tranny failure) than conventional fluid. Unless, you use your vehicle for frequent towing, synthetic ATF can easily last 150K miles.
A buddy of mine had his Chrysler minivan's transmission die right after 60K. He had not changed the fluid. He's not sure if it would have made a difference. He skipped this issue for his next vehicle by buying a Honda.
Drink warm beer do ya?
I take my plasma HDTV in at least once a year to have the plasma “topped off”. Once every three years I plan to have the plasma “flushed”. /sarc
And never use that 'engine leak fixer' fluid stuff. And DO use synthetic motor oil because you can go up to 10,000 mi before an oil change!
Most IMPORTANT service for a car is to DO REGULAR OIL CHANGES (EVERY 6,000 MI (AVG.)) AND ALWAYS CHECK YOUR OIL DIPSTICK LEVEL!!!
Oh, and.. DRIVE A MANUAL TRANS., NOT AN AUTOMATIC!!! And NEVER get a BLACK car because you will have to wash it constantly and it's about 10 degrees hotter on the inside on hot days than a white car is.
How often do I need to repack muffler bearings?
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