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Old 04-21-2015, 09:18 AM   #11
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snip...... But by all means Drop that pan even if you elect to do the flush. Visual inspections can go a long ways to preventing problems at an inconvenient time.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:59 AM   #12
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I thought that price sounded high hut with the flush and the chemical they use that would explain it. Flush in my area runs from 80 to a little over 100.
I'm sure my GM dealer isn't the most cost effective place to go for my general preventative transmission service, but they have treated me fairly well since I purchased the TV new from them back in 2002.

A few years back (around 30K miles) my dealer upgraded my OEM ATF (Dexron-III) to the latest developed GM fluid type (Dexron-VI). Since then I've noticed a smoother shifting pattern and little lower tranny operating temp with the Dexron-VI under heavy towing conditions.

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Nothing wrong with going to a dealer. They are supposed to be the experts. When you said you got it all done that price was pretty much right in line with my area for all that. That chemical They flush with is fairly expensive and it's a one time use thing. It has be properly disposed of. Ill have to look into the latest dexron stuff for mine and see if it'll work for my 99 suburban
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So I went up to the transmission shop, about $ 130 for the flush.
came home and found the repairs for the truck, We had the transmission done in 2012 at 2990033 k I am sitting at 316.000 K
I phoned a friend up in Kamloops told me that it would be ok
still going to do the rad when I get the oil changed.

It has been a good truck, I am going to sand down the hood and top and spray paint it to cover the peeling paint. To make it look nice. A friend said I should do it black.
It has been dry in the cab all winter which is great. (that helps my nose)
I will get the brakes also check out.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:27 PM   #15
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snip..... Ill have to look into the latest dexron stuff for mine and see if it'll work for my 99 suburban
My understanding is that DEXRON-VI fluids are designed to be backward compatible with earlier Dexron version fluids in automatic transmissions.

I also read that "DEXRON-VI can be used in any proportion in past model vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission, in place of DEXRON-III (for instance, topping off the fluid in the event of a repair or fluid change)." The article went on to state that; "Simply topping off the fluid is adequate, but a full drain and replacement is preferred, to obtain the full benefit."

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Rustic, I was quoted $270 at the dealer to have the same thing done as you on the same truck so you did OK.
The method I prefer is the drain and fill. I usually do it back to back within a couple hundred miles to get a good old/new fluid ratio.

For the DIY guys, I just ordered 4 gallons of Dex 6, filter, gasket, and new pan with drain plug, all OE ACDelco from Amazon for $170.
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Bob hit it right on the head. If it was me I would do the flush as it cleans the system and the converter. They will flush the system with fluid as they filter the outgoing fluid.

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I'm sure my GM dealer isn't the most cost effective place to go for my general preventative transmission service, but they have treated me fairly well since I purchased the TV new from them back in 2002.

A few years back (around 30K miles) my dealer upgraded my OEM ATF (Dexron-III) to the latest developed GM fluid type (Dexron-VI). Since then I've noticed a smoother shifting pattern and little lower tranny operating temp with the Dexron-VI under heavy towing conditions.

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Got the truck back on the road today. Ran great. will get the oil changed and the rad flushed .
I am going to look a small solar panel to keep the batteries charged up. I can not run it enough during the time it is off the road
Had to jump it today.
Ran it out to Chilliwack today got the batteries on and the cover off.
The old girl ran great.
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I park my Escape for two weeks in a company parking lot when I'm at sea. Nothing will tick you off more than being 500 miles away from home for 2 weeks and get back to the dock in the middle of night (with the office and shop closed) just to find a dead battery. I got a cheap 2amp solar charger from harbor freight. I think it was about 15 bucks. Just plug it into your cigarette lights....huh sorry, your power accessory adapter. Works great for me. I used to come back to weak or dead batteries especially in the winter. No more. If it's less than 2 amps then you don't need a controller. I think mine is 1.5 amps. It basically will act like a trickle charger.
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