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Hi I am a new forum member and I just had a few questions to ask any mechanics/experts about a recent visit to my local dealership. At my last visit to get my oil changed the dealership gave me a list of items requiring service. One of which was the transmission fluid. They said that the fluid was dirty and needed to be changed immediately. Apparently at 30K I was supposed to get my fluid changed and now I am at 42K. When I checked the fluid later it appeared to be a bright pink/red color and almost brand new looking. I also have never heard of getting the transmission fluid changed every 30k miles. At the dealership I go to for my Toyota Tacoma they recommend every 100K or every 60K if towing a lot. What would any of you recommend? I would really hate to pay $150 bucks for a service that wasn't really necessary. On the other hand I would like to keep my 60K warranty, unless too late. Also, they recommended having my power steering fluid flushed and my coolant flushed as well. But in the manual it clearly states not to have the coolant flushed within the first 60K miles. Also with the AT fluid the manual says to only do a flush if needed, but I don't see the need if the fluid isn't dirty. So what do you think? Thanks for all the help!
 

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Get your oil changed somewhere else.

One of the main reasons I do my own service work is to avoid this kind of hustle.

And, I know what kind of oil went into my car.
 

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QUOTE (mark4685 @ Sep 4 2010, 03:04 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=354284
Hi I am a new forum member and I just had a few questions to ask any mechanics/experts about a recent visit to my local dealership. At my last visit to get my oil changed the dealership gave me a list of items requiring service. One of which was the transmission fluid. They said that the fluid was dirty and needed to be changed immediately. Apparently at 30K I was supposed to get my fluid changed and now I am at 42K. When I checked the fluid later it appeared to be a bright pink/red color and almost brand new looking. I also have never heard of getting the transmission fluid changed every 30k miles. At the dealership I go to for my Toyota Tacoma they recommend every 100K or every 60K if towing a lot. What would any of you recommend? I would really hate to pay $150 bucks for a service that wasn't really necessary. On the other hand I would like to keep my 60K warranty, unless too late. Also, they recommended having my power steering fluid flushed and my coolant flushed as well. But in the manual it clearly states not to have the coolant flushed within the first 60K miles. Also with the AT fluid the manual says to only do a flush if needed, but I don't see the need if the fluid isn't dirty. So what do you think? Thanks for all the help!
I'm not sure there is any mention about a Flush in the manual, and although 30K is about right, especially if you live in severe areas, the
manual says 105K. If you are the original owner you should get 100K A/T coverage. I assume you're not. Don't do that other stuff until needed.
 

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yeah I guess it doesn't say anything about "flushing" in the manual, it was only the dealership that mentioned that. I bought my car used by the way that's why I don't have the 100K mile coverage. So would I be safe to assume that the A/T fluid should be replaced depending on fluid color? If it is still a bright pinkish red then it is ok?
 

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We have also heard SP3 changes Color to a darker shade of red so I can't answer your question. Id say if you feel the Sonata has been driven
in a severe area, then yes get it done. not the other stuff though, and a Flush is optional, more expensive, but more effective. :thumbsup:
 

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Stick with the interval stated in the manual. The dealer is going to try to get as much money out of you as he can. Yesterday I took my car to the dealer to get an oil change (deeply discounted to get me to look at new cars.) I had an appointment, but after waiting an hour, I went looking to see if they were working on the car. I found it still sitting where I had left it. No sooner had I got back into the waiting room, the service adviser comes to tell me that the tech had checked my car and it needed
1) Tires rotated 2) Wheel Alignment and 3) Cabin filter. I politely declined but wanted to ask if the tech was Clairvoyant. The Tires had been rotated and the cabin filter replaced within the past six months. The tires have 45K miles on them and are wearing very evenly with plenty of tread left. The steering wheel is perfectly straight and no pulling either way. I am positive that the alignment is correct. My position on alignments is -- If it ain't broke, don't fix it!! With the condition of many alignment machines that I have seen, you could very well be messing up a perfectly good alignment. I had once heard that there was a requirement to get them calibrated on some schedule, but I have asked a service manager (at an indy tire shop) about it and he said not. Any one know for sure and where?
 

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QUOTE (Partner @ Sep 4 2010, 06:24 PM) index.php?act=findpost&pid=354323
Stick with the interval stated in the manual. The dealer is going to try to get as much money out of you as he can. Yesterday I took my car to the dealer to get an oil change (deeply discounted to get me to look at new cars.) I had an appointment, but after waiting an hour, I went looking to see if they were working on the car. I found it still sitting where I had left it. No sooner had I got back into the waiting room, the service adviser comes to tell me that the tech had checked my car and it needed
1) Tires rotated 2) Wheel Alignment and 3) Cabin filter. I politely declined but wanted to ask if the tech was Clairvoyant. The Tires had been rotated and the cabin filter replaced within the past six months. The tires have 45K miles on them and are wearing very evenly with plenty of tread left. The steering wheel is perfectly straight and no pulling either way. I am positive that the alignment is correct. My position on alignments is -- If it ain't broke, don't fix it!! With the condition of many alignment machines that I have seen, you could very well be messing up a perfectly good alignment. I had once heard that there was a requirement to get them calibrated on some schedule, but I have asked a service manager (at an indy tire shop) about it and he said not. Any one know for sure and where?
This used to be known in the trade as a "Sunshine Special" --- The car sits out in the sun for a few hours and BINGO! -- It's all diagnosed, repaired, or whatever.

Here's one of my favorites: I take the car in for a state mandated "safety inspection". Unbeknownst to me, they do a so called "100 point inspection" to gin up a little extra repair business. I saw them removing the wheels, among other things.

When I got home, I decided to check the lug nuts. They were all just finger tight. Nice safety inspection.
 

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Be nice to your dealer, Mark. Obviously he needs your money. Take out your check book, write him a check for $300, and walk away. That way he's happy, and you're happy he did not mess up anything with your car.

Life is good. :thumbsup:
 
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