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I bought a 2001 Vulcan powered Taurus with 130k on it. I don't know, and neglected to ask, if the transmission had normal maitainence done to it. Now with 140k on it and the car running fine I've been told by a transmission guy I should just leave it alone. "You open it up you could cause problems." I just wanted to flush the old and put new fluid in, but he advised against it. What do you folks think? This mechanic told me this over the phone without looking at the car. I would like to get this done.. but is there a REAL risk involved?
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Flushing is generally bad. Some typesof "flushes" are not so bad.

The club for the most part recommends a pan drop and filter change only.


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What about pumping out using the cooler lines as read in the Topic Finder?

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It depends on the condition of your tranny, but I had mine flushed for the first time after 200,000 miles and haven't had any problems. But that was last year and now its kinda slipping

Try the TCCA method https://taurusclub.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=13539.
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Flushing is generally bad. Some typesof "flushes" are not so bad.

The club for the most part recommends a pan drop and filter change only.[/b]
We don't recommend a pan drop and filter change only. We recommend doing a proper flush outlined in the Topic Finder (ie- not hooking it up to a machine for a power flush, but flushing it out using the trans pump).





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QUOTE (Qwertz9586 @ Jul 5 2009, 09:46 PM)
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Flushing is generally bad. Some typesof "flushes" are not so bad.

The club for the most part recommends a pan drop and filter change only.[/b]
We don't recommend a pan drop and filter change only. We recommend doing a proper flush outlined in the Topic Finder (ie- not hooking it up to a machine for a power flush, but flushing it out using the trans pump).
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Flushing is generally bad. Some typesof "flushes" are not so bad.

The club for the most part recommends a pan drop and filter change only.[/b]
We don't recommend a pan drop and filter change only. We recommend doing a proper flush outlined in the Topic Finder (ie- not hooking it up to a machine for a power flush, but flushing it out using the trans pump).
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In this case? I don't know if any "flush" is a very good idea after 140k of neglect. Do you really think he should flush it at this point? :dono:


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If the trans works fine and the fluid looks and smells OK I would leave it alone.

My old 91 L wagon had 104,000 miles on it, The trans worked fine but the pan gasket leaked. I dropped the pan and replaced the filter, gasket and added new fluid. After that it started slipping badly.

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I just replaced the fluid in my car, which has 235k miles on the original trans and still going...

If you replace the fluid, exchanging whats in it using the pump, that is the least likely way to cause any damage.

I look at it this way, if it was about to fail, this will kill it sooner (though probably not by much).

Its not going to kill it on its own, its all about how much friction material is left. Simply put the older debris from the friction material acts as a sort of friction material on its own, so changing it can cause it to not work if its already broken.

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Sounds good to me. I just placed an order for 14 qts @ Car Quest. $3.39 /Qt for Store brand sounds good to me. That plus 1 qt of valvoline. Will give me a complete flush.

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