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Old 10-08-2014, 07:48 PM   #1
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Transmission fluid

I have a 1999 Jayco Eagle with ~12,000 miles on it. I just bought it and doubt the transmission fluid has ever been changed. Given that the fluid is probably 15 years young, do you think I should change it and why? The cab is a ford 450.

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Old 10-08-2014, 08:08 PM   #2
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Yes. because it needs it
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Old 10-08-2014, 10:09 PM   #3
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I have a 1999 Jayco 283G with a 1998 E450 chassis. I changed the trans oil and filter 3 weeks ago with 61,000 miles. I now have nearly 63.000 miles after a round trip to Kansas City.

The oil was not burned and the filter was not clogged before the oil change. It took two 5 gallon containers (from CARQUEST) for the trans oil change. The V-10 and transmission performed flawlessly on flat land and in the Ozark Mountains during the one week drive.

I recommend the oil and filter change, but not a flush. If you do it yourself you will see a plastic plug laying in the bottom of the trans pan. Don't worry, it went in to the trans pan when the dipstick tube was installed. Also, you might find one or two magnetic washers in the pan. They will be wooly looking until you clean the metal particles off of them. Be sure to put them back. At 12,000 miles you might not have much metal in the pan but the oil and filter is still 15 years old. This would be the best cost effective maintenance to perform on your rig.

At 15 years old I would also have the brakes checked for rust on the disk caliper slides. I had to replace all four of my calipers before I left on my trip to Kansas City. The disk pads were not worn but both left front and rear calipers were dragging causing brake odor. Also, the brake fluid was not clear. I replaced all four calipers with new pads and thoroughly flushed the brake fluid. It made a big difference with excellent stopping.
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Old 10-09-2014, 06:35 AM   #4
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Yes you should change it... why?? cost of fluid change vs cost of new transmission. oil gets old and looses some of its properties..
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Old 10-09-2014, 08:19 AM   #5
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It needs it?

Thanks for everyone's input. I've read that if your transmission fluid hasn't been changed after 100k miles you should never change it. I was wondering if the same was true for age.
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Thanks for everyone's input. I've read that if your transmission fluid hasn't been changed after 100k miles you should never change it. I was wondering if the same was true for age.
never heard that.
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I would have it serviced, fluid and filters.
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Old 10-09-2014, 09:47 AM   #8
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I would definitely change it. When I buy something pre-owned I check and change all fluids and check all other systems. I like to know where I stand before I get on the road. Good luck with your new Eagle.
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Old 10-09-2014, 01:47 PM   #9
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Thanks Gang. As a follow up I called the place I go to get my oil changed and he said transmission fluid does not have a shelf life. He did not think it should be changed. He also said that filters are not affected by age. The service by them (filter, fluid, no flush) was $99.

(Just posting this for completeness - thanks for y'all's input.
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Old 10-09-2014, 02:30 PM   #10
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If the transmission fluid is red (not brown) and doesn't stink, there is really no reason to change it.

Some vehicles now come with transmissions that are not serviceable.
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