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Old 12-12-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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Default Transmission "flush"

Hi all - I just recieved in the mail a series of coupons for service from my Saturn dealer. I was already planning on having my transmission fluid and filter replaced here this month. However, on the list of coupons, there's a transmission "flush" coupon listed ($139.00)

My SL2 (65,000 miles) has had all of its maintenance done on schedule so far. Is this "flush" really necessary? My instincts kind of tell me that this is for higher mileage or neglected cars. Am I completely wrong?

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Old 12-12-2006, 09:39 PM   #2
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No! And a filter change, fluid drain and fill is appropriate for your car.

The schedule so far has included trans services at 30k and 60k... if you've had both of those... great!

If not, go for the gentle drain and fill. A corner garage can do this much cheaper than $139. With the spin-on filter it's literally as easy as an engine oil change.

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Old 12-12-2006, 09:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Eljefino.

Just out of curiosity: in what circumstance would one want to have this done?

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Old 12-12-2006, 10:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: Transmission "flush"

I'd just change the transmission fluid myself....to be honest it's easier than an oil change because the tranny filter is easier to access than the oil filter.

I've heard there's no reason to do a transmission flush on an S-series Saturn.

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Old 12-13-2006, 12:22 PM   #5
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Default Re: Transmission "flush" == stay away

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My SL2 (65,000 miles) has had all of its maintenance done on schedule so far. Is this "flush" really necessary? My instincts kind of tell me that this is for higher mileage or neglected cars. Am I completely wrong?
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No! And a filter change, fluid drain and fill is appropriate for your car.
I think we are all in agreement on the issue of "transmission flushes". Not necessary

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Old 12-14-2006, 09:07 AM   #6
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I've pretty much change my tranny fluid and filter every other year, always under 30,000 mi intervals. I use Saturn Filter & mobil 1 ATF. I just think tranny flush services are another cash cow for service departments just as the fuel system cleaning svc. Frequent filter & fluid changes is all thats needed. The cost to the garage to do this service is minimal as well as the labor but their profit is huge. It may be OK if you buy a used car that you ? it's tranny service history to start off with a flush & filter just to start with a clean slate.

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Old 12-14-2006, 11:08 AM   #7
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Wallet flush?

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Old 12-14-2006, 12:54 PM   #8
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Default Re: Transmission "flush"

The only time that a flush might be advisable would be:

1. Contamination of tranny fluid by water, or incompatable fluids.

2. After internal damage (to clean out any debris).

Otherwise - no reason to... .

Had a DCX minivan that blew its tranny. The shop didn't flush the lines going to the cooler out - and the new tranny lasted all of 6k miles before it met its demise.

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Old 12-14-2006, 03:59 PM   #9
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Very good input. Thanks for the alert.

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Old 12-14-2006, 04:04 PM   #10
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Some of the "flush" methods used by the quickie lube places can actually harm your transmission by forcing debris back through the transmission. A friend, who owned a tranny shop, showed me the result of a couple of those and it convinced me to steer clear of transmission flushes.

Flushing the lines, cooler, etc. before installing a rebuilt/replacement transmission is a must, but that is a different animal than a "transmission flush."

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