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Drain and Fill ATF Interval? #4532640
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Gebo Offline OP
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I'm using a synthetic ATF. I drain out 2-3 qts every so often to maintain a fairly clean ATF. How often would you do a partial drain and fill with this information? Transmission capacities vary between 8-9 qts


'98 LEX LS400 290K
'02 4Runner 230K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K
Amsoil in last two.
Schaeffer in the first two.

Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532650
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Every other oil change, or a little longer.

Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532661
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How many miles would that be for you?


'98 LEX LS400 290K
'02 4Runner 230K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K
Amsoil in last two.
Schaeffer in the first two.

Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532671
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I do a quick drain/fill with Dex VI in my Cherokee's AW-4 every year. Usually between 6 and 10K miles.

I'm not easy on it.


18 Forester 2.5I 6M
00 Jeep XJ
01 F-350 4x4 5M
Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532680
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In the Hondas I stick with a 30,000 mile drain and fill. I may do a 20k drain and fill interval with the Frontier (per the severe service interval in the manual).

If you're changing the ATF regularly, you're already doing more than 90% of car owners. Pick an interval that works for you and stick with it.


'16 Frontier SV 4x4-PP/Nissan OEM
'08 CR-V EX AWD-Valvoline Syn MaxLife/Fram TG
'01 Civic EX-Valvoline Syn MaxLife/Fram UG
'00 Civic LX-PYB/Fram UG
Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532689
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The land of USA-made Subies!
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Once a year D&F should be fine to replenish additives, reduce TAN, and get out any particulates in the pan or on the magnet. Unless you drive more than 30k in a year, this should be plenty regardless of the transmission.

I do my 06 Odyssey every 20k (1 gallon of Maxlife ATF) and my 11 Fusion every 30k (1 gallon of Amsoil ATL)... but thinking about it, every 3rd change I will likely do Honda's "full" 4x D&F... if I have the van that long.

Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532714
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I typically do a drain and fill every 20k. It is pretty easy so I will do it whenever I am close to that mark and due for an oil change.


2017 Chevy Traverse - 28k - Delco Dexos 1 and PF63
2014 Chevy Equinox - 22k - Delco Dexos 1 and PF457G
2015 GMC Terrain - 22k- Delco Dexos 1 and PF457G
Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532715
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ATF is cheap, I do it every 30K miles.

Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532832
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I have a 2008 and 2010 Civic and do a drain/fill every 25k miles. Costs less than $20 for me to drain 2.5 quarts of Honda ATF and refill.


2010 Honda Civic LX
Valvoline SynPower 5w-20 - Napa Gold oil filter
59,992 miles
Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532854
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I wouldn't bother much more often than every 30k miles, unless its an AT known for generating a lot of clutch dust. ATF has a pretty easy life compared to engine oil- no combustion byproudcts, no acids, no moisture other than atmospheric moisture, no carbon, no sulfur, no unburned fuel / fuel additives. Just clutch dust and gradual depletion of some components of the additive package, that's why they really can live "for life" (and have "life" be > 200k miles sometimes) on a single fluid fill if the owner chooses that level of neglect.


'66 Dodge Polara & '69 Dodge Coronet R/T both 440/727
'08 Ram 1500 4.7/545RFE
'12 Challenger SRT8 392/6-speed
'99 XJ 4x4 4.0/AX15, '14 WK2 4x4 3.6/8HP
Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532866
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Every 5 years or 80,000 miles. Drop the pan and change what fluid I can. Maybe less often than this.

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I do a drain/fill around every 30k on average.


yup
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About every 30K smile


Formerly in marine engineering. In an earlier life I owned my own petroleum tank truck, and hauled for the majors and independent's.
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On the 2004 Corolla with added remote filter, inline cooler and T-IV ATF used - at 30k, the drained fluid (roughly 50% of capacity) looked somewhat dark. Castrol IMV went in.

On the 97 Maxima with added remote filter, inline cooler and Maxlife Syn ATF used - at 30k, the drained fluid (roughly 50% of capacity) looked very good. I'm contemplating going to 60k ATF drain and fills on the Maxima.


1997 Maxima 197k, Castrol GTX Synblend 5W-30, FL400S
2004 Corolla 197k, VWB + SSS + Rislone cocktail, MGL51516
Re: Drain and Fill ATF Interval? [Re: Gebo] #4532913
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I'm thinking every 20k with 2 qts. That way after every 4 changes, I would have a "complete" change.


'98 LEX LS400 290K
'02 4Runner 230K
'05 Lex LS430 85K
'07 Lex GX470 65K
Amsoil in last two.
Schaeffer in the first two.

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