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#4703100 - 03/22/18 11:55 AM trans fluid change 2013 equinox
Fitter30 Offline

Registered: 05/05/13
Posts: 85
Loc: Peace valley, Missouri
52,000 miles and it came out black didn't smell all that good. Going to change it again in couple weeks,only drained 4 1/2 quarts. Just wonder what other people experience were.

#4703114 - 03/22/18 12:09 PM Re: trans fluid change 2013 equinox [Re: Fitter30]
69GTX Offline

Registered: 09/23/15
Posts: 3742
Loc: Connecticut
this link says to do it every 45K miles

If I'm planning to keep a vehicle well past 100K miles...I'd probably do it more often than recommended....maybe 30K fluid changes...or whenever it starts to look dark/smell funny.

2002 Lincoln Cont 4.6L DOHC/ 81K mi /PPlat 5w30/FUG XG2
1999 Camaro SS M6 /19K /Mobil 1 0w40 /Fram UG /GM MTL-ATF
1969 Ply GTX/RRs

#4703122 - 03/22/18 12:13 PM Re: trans fluid change 2013 equinox [Re: Fitter30]
benjy Offline

Registered: 08/23/10
Posts: 747
Loc: pa
good move! prolly same as girlfriends 13 malibu 6 spd auto. being heavier prolly more wear on it. i used the cheap Tech fluid from wally's with the correct GM spec + walmart price!!!

Edited by benjy (03/22/18 12:14 PM)

#4703128 - 03/22/18 12:18 PM Re: trans fluid change 2013 equinox [Re: Fitter30]
JTK Offline

Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10424
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Fitter- you did good. What you saw is what I've seen on every first time drain/fill I've ever done. Subsequent owners better be appreciative!
2016 Subaru Forester 2.5, CVT. 2016 Nissan Quest SV (Babe magnet IV)

#4703153 - 03/22/18 12:36 PM Re: trans fluid change 2013 equinox [Re: Fitter30]
Iowegian Offline

Registered: 01/05/17
Posts: 273
Loc: Iowa
Originally Posted By: Fitter30
Just wonder what other people experience were.

Stop at this site and you will get a whole host on info on the equinox.

Yes, we have similar experiences.
Good idea to do 2 or 3 drain and fills in succession to get most of it changed out.
2011 Equinox, 2.4l
2009 Sienna, 3.5l

#4703403 - 03/22/18 04:09 PM Re: trans fluid change 2013 equinox [Re: Fitter30]
LeakySeals Offline

Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 6521
Loc: Hudson, NH
Is your transmission oil cooler return line from the radiator easily accessible from under the hood? if so, exchange fluid that way. Its less work, more efficient. Drain and filling 4 qts at the pan is approx 1/3 of the total. So its never really clean, always blended with old.
06 Escalade 6.0L AWD 160k. M1 5w30 Fram TG
03 Maxima 3.5L Unknown miles ST HM 10w30

#4703554 - 03/22/18 06:21 PM Re: trans fluid change 2013 equinox [Re: Fitter30]
littleant Offline

Registered: 10/10/17
Posts: 302
Loc: Vermont
I drain every 20-30,000 always looks and smells good. Reason for the short drain interval is the ford 5r55s has known issue's. So far at 71,000 miles trans works great. Heck my mind set is still back in the 60's
I can't prevent getting old but I REFUSE to grow up.
2010 Mountaineer 4.0
2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ 4.0

#4705622 - 03/24/18 06:11 PM Re: trans fluid change 2013 equinox [Re: Fitter30]
XL1200RFan Offline

Registered: 10/26/16
Posts: 14
Loc: Georgia, USA
Last week I did the first ATF change on a friends' 2014 Equinox with 63K miles. It was starting to shift rather harshly, and the fluid was quite black and smelled a bit oxidized. Performed a double drain & refill with Amsoil Fuel Efficient Signature Series; the owner reports the upshifts and downshifts are dramatically smoother. He's delighted with the results.

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