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Old 02-09-2016, 10:03 AM   #11
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Oh I see you are a Transporter that puts 400.000 miles on your Truck in 5 years! Boy not much time to Camp! Youroo!!
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Yes, lots of miles. But I always make time to see the sites along the way. Been in every state except Hawaii, at least once.
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:16 AM   #12
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We are WAY OFF TOPIC HERE... But you said Aisin trans, that's Dodge (I think not a ram guy) my guess was you meant Allison(chevy trans)?
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:23 AM   #13
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I agree the owner's manual calls for a transmission fluid change at 150k miles regardless of vehicle use. The new transmission does use a synthetic transmission fluid so I'd expect some extended life but 150k seems like a lot considering that on my F250 the specified interval when towing was 30k.

50k would seem more reasonable to me, but maybe synthetic tranny fluid is that good?

Since I typically follow the maintenance requirements as called out in the owner's manuals, I'll likely just keep an eye on the fluid level & condition and make my decision as the fluid ages. However, I'm sure the local Ford dealership will press for a fluid change long before we reach 150k.
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:55 AM   #14
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My GM dealer said 45,000 miles since I tow a heavy trailer, I think they wanted to make some money off me. They changed the fluid in everything but the oil, they won't do that again.


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Old 02-09-2016, 10:57 AM   #15
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I do the full monty on my truck; I change the differential oil front and rear along with the transmission every 40,000 miles. Using Amsoil 75W-90 synthetic EP Gear oil and Royal Purple for the transmission. Both filters are changed in the transmission every time I change the fluid. Oil is cheap and it is good to get the debris and contaminates out of the transmission and differential every so often.


Remember maintenance schedules published by the manufactures is the minimum requirement need.
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I do the full monty on my truck; I change the differential oil front and rear along with the transmission every 40,000 miles. Using Amsoil 75W-90 synthetic EP Gear oil and Royal Purple for the transmission. Both filters are changed in the transmission every time I change the fluid. Oil is cheap and it is good to get the debris and contaminates out of the transmission and differential every so often.


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Old 02-09-2016, 11:12 AM   #17
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15k in my tow rigs/motorhome
30-40 in the car.
50 with manual.

I have seen my share of 100k recommended trans fluid change interval vehicles with transmissions that give up the ghost at 105 or so. (insurance inspector)

It's not just mileage- but age also.
If you are driving 100 k a year- it will last longer than someone driving 100k in 10.
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That would be my luck... I'd wait until 150k and the day after I hit the 5 year 100k warranty... at 100,001 miles the trans would drop out the back end!, along with some fresh water tanks!
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I'll trade trucks first. On 3 I changed trans fluid/filter at under 100K and had problems with all 3 afterward.
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Old 02-09-2016, 01:29 PM   #20
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I had heard that... My mechanic advised against a trans oil change on my wife's Trailblazer. He said it can either be a good thing or the car will never be right again.
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