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View Poll Results: After a Trans. fluid change, what were your results?
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, although I've asked questions and feel pretty confident about changing the fluid, I want that last bit of peace of mind.

Of the people who have changed their transmission fluid/filter or had it done by a dealer/mechanic, please vote above if you've had positive or negative results. Those with negative results, please post what they were.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd just go ahead and do it. The filter will trap most of the crud that build up over time. As long as your seals are ok and not disintegrating you shouldn't have enough crud in there to worry about clogging your valves. If you really want to be safe you could always do 2 flushes, the idea being that the first will dislodge the crud, then it will be flushed out by the new fluid. Then just change it again and you'll be all set. I reccomend the method I posted in the other thread, it was super easy, just a little more involved than an engine oil change.
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have mine done once a year regardless of mileage and have never experienced any negatives in doing so.

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Old 12-07-2007, 04:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Transmission fluid, when new is a excellent cleaner. It is chuck full of detergents.

Inside your transmission are paper gaskets, rubber seals, brake pad like friction material, and such.

As a transmission ages, it goes through many hot and cold cycles from use and enviornment. The paper and rubber gets brittle inside the transmission.

Used transmission fluid doesn't clean as well the same as when you wash dishes in a sink. The soap gets dirty and doesn't clean as well.

The problem comes in when you indroduce new, fresh fluid. It cleans away the clutch material and, sometimes, the brittle gaskets and seals inside the transmission. This can cause internal hemroging(Sp?) causing the transmission fluid to go where it isnt needed. Automatic transmissions work on directing fluid, under pressure, to engage gears. Internal fluid leaks bleed off needed pressure and the transmission gives up.

Now that you are scared, let me tell you the good.

The ZF transmissions used in Land Rovers are some of the most stout transmissions I have seen. Usually, I see these types of failures in Domestic products, as they are build "Just good enough".

Smart money is on changing you fluid often on any auto trans... Help keep the fluids detergetnts fresh.


On a Discovery, i would have no problem flushing it.... They are hard core enough to take it.... And, if it kills the trans, frankly, it was on its last leg anyways.

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Old 12-11-2007, 03:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Chris, thanks! Good post.

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Hi Guys,

I don't think it is too late, but any way, I am experience this problem right now in my Disco 1995, TDI automatic.

I bought this car 8 months ago and when I sent it to service the transmission, the car became worst than ever. I am loosing power in the uphill, the gears are not engaging properly and the dipstick is pumping off and spilting fluid everywhere.

Please, can someone tell me that I don't have to put a new transmission in the Disco??? I spent a good money servicing the car and if I have to change the transmission is just geting more expensive than the car value.

I don't want to loose all my money, I am traped in a dilema.

Any help and advice will be appreciated.

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Check your fluid level, cold. Start and shift thru Park to Low and back, check level on dipstick. Sounds as if it is overfilled.
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