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Jackarino
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Auto Transmission fluid

I have 80k+ miles on my 03 Ranger. Should I change my fluid now? its on the darker side and smells slightly burnt.
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mattmag
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I firmly believe in good fluid maintenance on most all autos. Each case is different of course, but I would suggest you have a reputable shop perform a full fluid flush at that mileage. You can likely get by OK with just dropping the pan and changing the filter, but you leave much of the old fluid in the system with that "old" method.

If the miles were higher I would go with *both* a flush and a filter change. At 80k you are OK with just the flush. The "slightly burnt" smell you are getting is not abnormal however, as fluids today have a much harsher smell to them, and have some of that odor right out of the bottle.


DeltaElite
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reply to Jackarino
yes.

at 80k I'd probably have it pumped out but I'd ask them not to put in anything other then fresh fluid.
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Juggernaut
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reply to Jackarino
IMO, if the fluid is going brownish, I would certainly get the filter and the fluid changed. Especially if the truck is subjected to towing, or hot summertime temps, freeway gridlock etc.

I'm not a fan of hot solvent flushes some places like to sell, though.
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Jackarino
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reply to Jackarino
Thx for the input. The shop by me in Ramsey is having a Christmas special.

Automatic Transmission flush for $94.99
»www.classicautospa.com/
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