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What have you done to your Sebring Auto Transmission?
I took it to the shop for a fluid/filter change. 25%  25%  [ 15 ]
I took it to the shop for a fluid flush 15%  15%  [ 9 ]
I have done a fluid/filter change myself 16%  16%  [ 10 ]
I have done a flush myself thru the cooler lines 5%  5%  [ 3 ]
I have never done anything with my transmission 23%  23%  [ 14 ]
I have had transmission issues/parts replaced 13%  13%  [ 8 ]
I have added a cooler or filter to my transmission 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
I have used a additive in my transmission for better performance or to fix issues 2%  2%  [ 1 ]
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 PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2009 7:15 pm   
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Yes....another sleepm poll people............ :lol:

This is something that should be changed every 30,000 miles or so but is often neglected.

What have you done? Any other thoughts?

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Maybe I am old fashion,, but I was taught and still believe that you never change your automatic fluid.. The one time I did it,, the tyranny failed a short time later. Will never do it again unless I change transmissions.. Well, you ask,, :mrgreen:

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Prior to getting this car, its had the tranny serviced by a flush and new filter and fluid. She looks to good and shifts smooth as silk to mess with at this time!

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I have not had to do the Sebring yet. The guy I bought it from said it had just been done. I have had my other cars flushed at the dealer and at Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

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Whenever I get a "new to me" vehicle one of the first things I do is a pan drop, filter change and then complete flush through the cooler lines. I like to start with fresh, clean ATF+4. You never know who worked on it or what's in there otherwise. On the Sebring I also had to heli-coil four stripped out pan bolt holes on the tranny-- I'm not sure how someone managed that, but I'm glad to know it's now right.

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Wrestling with this as we speak (on whether to do it or not. Wife's car just turned 50K) Manual says it needs never to be changed under normal use.

It also says not to use an additive. :?:


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I had mine power flushed and filled at 80K miles. Not every shop has the equipment to do a power flush. I had mine done at the dealer.

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The only thing missing from your poll is what mine has, complete rebuild due to component failure. Since I was assured that it had been done when I bought the car and I had plans to do it when the time came, it would have been at an appropriate shop. However, they changed out most of the internal parts too when I got to it. :)

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I just did mine at 100,000 for the first time. The only problem I find with doing a power flush is I find it hard to believe the filter doesn't retain a lot of junk in it and I find it hard to believe the pan and magnet let go of all the junk on them. I can tell you how you can strip out the pan bolts as I did that to one of mine. While lying upside down with the torque wrench, I looked at it incorrectly and set the metric indicator rather than the ft-lbs. It seemed like it was turning to much; but, by then it had stripped the threads. I've had no leaks in the 900 miles since then. Some day, I will get some RTV sealant and coat the bolt hole and bolt with it just to keep it in place. The other 8,000 bolts :lol: are holding it in place just fine.

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Golfnut wrote:
I can tell you how you can strip out the pan bolts as I did that to one of mine. While lying upside down with the torque wrench, I looked at it incorrectly and set the metric indicator rather than the ft-lbs.


LOL-- at least you figured it out after the first one.

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Every 30,000 miles? that seems excessive and like a Quickie Lube Joint money making scheme. I only do it every 100,000 miles.

The sebring was changed at 76,000 miles at a quickie lube place and they put the wrong Trans fluid into it. Had to have it redone at the Dealer. It is document all over this site.

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Most manufacturer vehicle manuals say anywhere from 30-60,000 mile changes.

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I had my transmission power flushed when I picked up the car @57,000 miles with ATF+4. It had been flushed and filled previously with the wrong fluid (Dexron III +additive! Argh!), but still had the factory RTV sealing the pan. It shifted incorrectly with the wrong fluid in it. An additive does not turn Dexron III in to ATF+4 no matter what those quick lube morons tell you, and it will destroy the transmission. My friendly transmission tech idiot managed to strip out a bolt in my pan, and then covered it up by gluing it in place.

I say to heck with service centers. I believe that the fluid should be replaced in these transmissions regularly because of how much work the fluid goes through. I believe only the correct ATF+4 fluid should be used as a fill. I'm going to buy one of these cheapy flush machines and do it myself, because I don't feel like heli-coiling my transmission every time it needs service.

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I have a question about power flushing vs. dropping the pan. My understanding of power flushing is that it will, of course, replace all the old fluid with new fluid. But, when I've had that done in the past, the pan was not dropped and cleaned; and, the filter not changed. By dropping the pan and changing the filter, it would seem all the fluid would still drop out; however, I'm sure some stays in the cooling tubes. Gravity is good; but, probably not perfect. So my question becomes, would the best of both worlds be to drop the pan, clean it, allow most all the fluid to exit, replace the filter, and then do a power flush before adding any new fluid? I'm really suspecting a final power flush might be overkill. What do the masses think - or know?

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The best would be to drop the pan, change the filter and then refill. You then disconnect a trans cooler tube and run the car as the fluid from the transcooler line drains into a pan. You add fluid to the dipstick tube to replace what is being pumped out.

Just dropping the pan leaves alot of dirty fluid in the transcooler and torque convertor.

There is a difference too in doing a flush with just fluid and a flush when they run a cleaner thru it too.

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