Sorry for the delayed response. I was out of town for awhile in a remote area where internet access was sparse.
I have never changed the transmission fluid in the car.
Two days ago, I was at the auto shop I always go to and they did a "30 point inspection". They said I have 50% left on the front and rear brakes. I had to replace the "serpentine belt" which had cracks. Also had the fuel filter replaced.
They recommended that I do a complete flush of the transmission and coolant with "chemicals". They also said that the rack and pinion was leaking (i knew it was) and that it would have to be replaced. Also the ends of the tie rods had a lot of wear. And wear related to the engine mounts were cause some vibration.
I told the shop that I could only afford a little bit at a time so sometime in March I am going to have a full flush of the transmission fluid with chemicals. I might also be able to afford the coolant flush. The rack and pinion will have to wait, so I have to add steering fluid periodically.
I'm wondering if there is anything other than the flush that I need to do in order to protect the transmission? Are there rubber seals or gaskets that need to be or should be replaced?
Sunday, February 17th, 2013 AT 12:03 AM