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So recently my dealer recomended that its time for a tramsission flush, I have about 50,000 miles and the car is about two and half years old.

Dealer is reputable. According to maintance schedule its about time. Any thoughts on if this is something that should be done or not yet?
 

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I would never flush a transmission, I would have the fluid changed especially if the fluid is discolored.

A simple fluid change is all that is needed, drain out the fluid, then replace the same amount of fluid you drained, with the proper fluid for the cars make and model.
 

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I would never flush a transmission, I would have the fluid changed especially if the fluid is discolored.

A simple fluid change is all that is needed, drain out the fluid, then replace the same amount of fluid you drained, with the proper fluid for the cars make and model.
I have to disagree with one exception. Doing only a drain and fill leaves many quarts of old fluid in the torque converter and trans cooler. The flush replaces all the fluid in the system and gets all the contaminates out. The exception is high mileage vehicles which haven't been serviced properly, doing a flush on those is risky and may turn in to a trans rebuild. Putting new fluid in transmissions with weak seals sometimes causes them to fail.
 

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Sorry, I should have not said Flush, which is totally different. I was looking at owners manual and am guessing that is refering to the Transmission change around 47,000 miles?
 

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When you do a drain and refill you do it twice, it takes double the fluid, but when you drive the car after the first drain and refill it cleans the converter.

When I do a drain and refill I drive the car for a few days in between fills.
 

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If they only charge $100 for a flush it sounds like a good deal. If they're only doing a drain and fill it's a bit steep.
 

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How you drive will dictate how soon you should get the oil changed, that's if you want the best possible outcome for that transmission over its life span.

Being a $100 service, it won't hurt to maybe change it a bit sooner, or at the very least have it inspected.
 

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For 100$ I would spring to change it out sooner rather than later. Transmission issues, especially when caused by something like transmission fluid being contaminated or whatever the case is.
 

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I would drain off a bit of the fluid, see how it looks, if the fluid still looks new and clean you can drive further. (if you do drain off over a 1/2 quart make sure to replace what you drained with the same type fluid)

The worst thing for a transmission is overheating caused by getting stuck, this burns the fluid it usually turns it brown and gives off a burnt smell.

The best thing you can do for any automatic transmission is install a external transmission cooler, if you plan on keeping your car for a long time, a cooler will go a long way to helping your transmission last.
 

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Here's my 2 cents....Having bought 3 new vehicles in the passed 10 years...I have drained the trans fluid every 25k miles & refilled it...usually takes 3-4 quarts...This method rotates the fluid & is always clean with a good smell & color....not to mention its easy...I did this with my Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Tacoma & now will do it to the Trax....I still have the Tacoma & sold the Vibe with over 100k miles..the fluid was translucent, & had no wear or burnt oder... I never remove the pan as that usually ends up with a leak....
 

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Maybe this will help!




 

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I'm going to have to agree with beeguz on this one....I had a 2006 Pontiac Vibe (toyota powered) and the trans pan had a plug...I drained it every 25,000 miles, the refill took 3 1/2 quarts...with OEM Toyota fluid type t-iv....I sold the car with 100,000 miles and the fluid was as cherry red like the day I bought it new.....Not to mention the transmission shifted flawlessly. In doing this 25,000 interval it kept the fluid rotating. Never would I take off the pan as that only leads to gasket leaks...Like beeguz I do all my maintenance myself.
 

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There's a fluid level plug on the passenger side near the exit shaft. With transmission fully warmed up and on a level plain. Undo this plug, if fluid runs out you're good if not stick pinky finger in if you touch oil your good. If not add oil until it spills from the hole.



 
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