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Transmission Fluid - To change or Not

Old 03-15-2019, 10:08 AM
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Default Transmission Fluid - To change or Not

My 2005 has 125K miles. From the service history I do not think the tranny fluid (automatic, tip tronic) has been replaced. I get CRISP shifts 1st to 2nd and to 3rd sometimes when car is cold.

After warm up they are less, and it also differs upon how hard i accelerate from a stop.

I have heard that replacing fluids on a high mileage tranny is a risky move. I am not sure if these CRISP shifts are usual or the sign of a fluid/filter replace is necessary.

Old 03-18-2019, 03:42 PM
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I have 240k miles on my 2008 and will not touch the trans fluid unless I absolutely have too. I, like you, have read several posts about people changing the fluid only to have the trans be worse off than before. Unless the shifts starting slipping or get sluggish I don't think it is worth it.
Old 04-11-2019, 11:00 PM
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Ive read too many technical service bulletins that say change it and put a new filter.
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