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Old 05-19-2010, 04:23 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Transmission Fluid Flush vs Drain & Refill

ohhh the GREAT my6thgen BBM group notified me that a transmission fluid flush is bad especially at high mileage (97,4XX). Didn't get a respond back quickly enough to why so i just googled it and i found a few sites talking about how for the most part it's pointless.

one site i found said in order to do a true transmission fluid flush you need to do this 3-4 times and even then their still will be old fluid in your transmission. then i found another site stating this....

"In the past, automatic transmission fluid could only be changed by removing the transmission oil pan, which only holds three to six of the eight to 10 quarts in the transmission. second you start the car, the new fluid mixed with the old, eliminating much of the benefit of the service.

The fluid exchange machine, which some people choose to call a flush machine, cuts into the transmission cooler line at the radiator. As the car runs, old fluid goes out into the waste tank while new fluid is simultaneously pumped in. If the shop is really thorough, the car is lifted and actually driven through all the gears while the exchange is taking place. And if the service is done properly, the transmission oil pan still has to be removed and cleaned and the filter replaced -- a solid hour and a half of work"
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Well my question is should I just drain and fill 3-4 times or just go through with the flush?

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Default Re: Transmission Fluid Flush vs Drain & Refill

Drain and Fill...we the elders told you so in the BBM Crew.
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Old 05-19-2010, 05:57 PM   #3
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid Flush vs Drain & Refill

as an ASE tech I would NOT suggest doing a "FLUSH" on our 6th gens at 90k, esp if you have yet to do any tranny drains/flushes before.

Technically you were supposed to do your "FLUSH" at 50-60k where you connect the machine to the tranny line by the front of the bumper.

Anything in between you should drain and refill which only takes out at most 50% of your old fluid.

The thing is if you do a "FLUSH" now you run a very high chance of ruining your tranny, because after all those miles within your fluid is small metal particles that help your tranny change gears. If you do a flush now you'll take all those small metal particles (which are bits and pieces from your gears), which then will make your tranny slip when the gears change.

I would only suggest doing a drain refill once then drive it around and after another 25-30k I would suggest doing another drain refill.

Keep good care of your tranny and you will thank it later :P
Also dont transport any fat bishes since it will put a lot of stress on your tranny...
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:03 PM   #4
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid Flush vs Drain & Refill

First check your tranny fluid to see if you really need one. People sometimes "think" they need one and they really don't. Check the color of your fluid first. I have only done two flushes on my car (when I first got it and then the following year) at a Nissan dealership. And this was under normal driving conditions (many highway miles) that I decided to do this. After that it was all Drain-n-Refills and I intend to keep it that way especially at my Mileage. Close to 109,000K and my transmission is still smooth. The old fashion method of drain and refill is the way to go!!! Case closed!!

Many people say that "Transmission flush" machines are easy money makers for the shops and dealerships because they are quick and easy and they can actually charge more money for it. I believe this is true. Who knows if they ever actually clean the debris inside the machine from old flushed? Ya never know. With drain and refill... think of it like an oil change. Would you let a machine do your oil change? lol

But here's something that Sam mentioned that everyone should consider:

Originally Posted by Jingiko
"you run a very high chance of ruining your tranny, because after all those miles within your fluid is small metal particles that help your tranny change gears. If you do a flush now you'll take all those small metal particles (which are bits and pieces from your gears), which then will make your tranny slip when the gears change."
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Moved to Engine & Transmission Builds and Stickied!!!
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid Flush vs Drain & Refill

I also love my Tranny Cooler!! I bet if I didn't have one... my tranny would have been GONEE!!!!
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Old 05-19-2010, 08:09 PM   Thread Starter #7
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid Flush vs Drain & Refill

oh snaps my thread is a sticky

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Bump for good info!!
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid Flush vs Drain & Refill

How much fluid typically comes out with a Drain on a 08 CVT.

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Default Re: Transmission Fluid Flush vs Drain & Refill

this is good info.
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Default Re: Transmission Fluid Flush vs Drain & Refill

Nissan recommended that i do a tranny flush (63,000 right now) and power steering fluid change... how much should the flush run me? Any idea?
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My dealer wanted $290.00
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Originally Posted by msnajkowski View Post
How much fluid typically comes out with a Drain on a 08 CVT.
It's approx. 6-7 quarts fill it up for a drain & refill.
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Nissan recommended that i do a tranny flush (63,000 right now) and power steering fluid change... how much should the flush run me? Any idea?
Just do a drain and refill not flush. Use OEM Nissan Fluid. I have the fluids listed in a section.

Dealer will be expensive. Average shop anywhere from $160+
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Should we only drain and refill on the cvt as well?
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Originally Posted by cubbyjg View Post
Should we only drain and refill on the cvt as well?
Yes and only that. I posted in other thread to your question.
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