Time to change my transmission fluid?
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    Junior Soul sute09's Avatar
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    Time to change my transmission fluid?

    On my soul for the 2.0 liter engine, the manual says to inspect the automatic transmission fluid at 40k miles. I have 30k right now and I checked the fluid and it's a light brown in color. Should I get it changed?

    My dealer gave my 2 options. Changing it for $70 or flushing it for $170. I was thinking if I did it now, I would just have them change it but If I waited until 40k I'd have them flush the system. Any thoughts?
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    Brown does not necessarily mean "bad." What does it smells like? If it smell obviously burnt, then you need to change it, but if not, you'd be OK.

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    Changing the fluid is less because they'll just drop the pan and swap out the filter. The torque converter and cooler lines will still have about half of the old transmission fluid in them. Once the pan is filled the old and new fluid will mix. It's generally advised to drop and fill the pan a couple times to dilute out the old fluid. It's not hard to do yourself but it can be very messy and it wastes fluid. I couldn't see a bolt to drain the torque converter but I didn't look too hard. If there is a bolt then getting the old fluid out of the torque converter and pan will be enough to call the job right.

    A flush will replace all of the old fluid in the system. The problem with the flush is that the filter doesn't get replaced because they don't drop the pan.

    Some people believe a transmission flush is what destroys a transmission. I don't believe it. Most people go in to have their transmission worked on because of neglect. The first thing that's done is the fluid gets dealt with. After that they find out all the bits of worn parts was actually providing friction and the only thing keeping the transmission working. Since your doing the scheduled maintenance do whatever fits the budget or skill level.

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    I would wait till 40.000 miles and do the flush then.

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    Thank you for*good*communication.
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    I'm a bad Soul owner ! 140,000 miles........ I have never checked my trans fluid, myself.

    Last time I was at my favorite shop for standard oil change I specifically asked them to check the transmission cause I was prepared to do the fluid change/flush. They specifically told me it was good & didn't need that service. I remember them recommending & pushing the flush service on me years before @ about the 75K mileage

    I will make a point to look for myself & probably do some kind of trans fluid service,
    or is that gonna trigger problems cause the old oil & grunge is the only thing holding the tranny together
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    Quote Originally Posted by sute09 View Post
    On my soul for the 2.0 liter engine, the manual says to inspect the automatic transmission fluid at 40k miles. I have 30k right now and I checked the fluid and it's a light brown in color. Should I get it changed?

    My dealer gave my 2 options. Changing it for $70 or flushing it for $170. I was thinking if I did it now, I would just have them change it but If I waited until 40k I'd have them flush the system. Any thoughts?
    Flush it, don't drain it. If you plan on keeping the vehicle, then I'd strongly recommend flushing the trans fluid. My 2010+ trans fluid was "browning" at 20k, so I had it flushed. Currently at 45k and it's still pink. I'll likely have it flushed again @50k. Preventive maintenance is never a bad thing. Yeah, it will cost a little money, but it's usually money well spent.

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    What's the difference between changing the fluid vs flushing it?

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    Check GixxerSixxer post above. Basically, draining the fluid does not remove all the trans oil (several old quarts can remain) while flushing results in complete fluid change. There's a small segment that thinks flushing can be problematic. That's almost always wrong. Flush away (using a competent mechanic of course).
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    When I had my Suzuki SX4, I was getting close to the mileage where I should have a transmission oil change.
    I already knew, that by just draining the oil in the transmission, you only get a small percentage of the total amount of oil in the unit.
    On that car, like the Soul, there is NO bottom pan or filter and changing the fluid does not require any diss-assembly of the AT.

    I had priced the Flush & Fill job at various dealers, including the local Buick dealer and they all came in at about the same $145.
    As fate would have it, I traded off my SX4 for my Kia Soul before it ever needed the fluid change. So I missed all that fun, and expense.

    Unlike the Soul, the SX4 did have a transmission dip stick, so I could monitor the condition of the AT fluid. I used "Prolong Transmission Treatment"
    in my SX4, so I never had the problem of the fluid scorching, like so many SX4 owners did.
    There is no dip stick on the Soul, so there is no easy way to check on the condition of the AT Fluid, or to add any conditioner.
    That pretty well qualifies as "Dealer ONLY" maintenance.

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