Originally Posted by one.bofh
I'll be honest - I got completely lost in the other thread - it became too long and filled up with unrelated comments, etc.
Fair enough. I decided I like your idea to consolidate the real-life experiences on another thread so here is mine again. After considerable deliberation, and discussion with others on various threads, I finally decided to bite the bullet and have mine done.
I asked for a transmission service, and handed a sample bottle to the service writer that I received from Blackstone Labs. I told him I wanted the worst case scenario, and asked that their tech use the 1st fluid he removed.
As I understand it
, he removed the drain plug only on the drain pan and emptied it. Then he removed the pan, replaced the filter, replaced it's gasket, and put it all back together. I was charged for 4 bottles of fluid, so that must have been all that drained out.
He then checked the fluid level. He replaced the lock pin, which secures the dipstick tube plug. Then he test drove it, and they gave it back to me. The cost breakdown follows, verbatim from my invoice:
(1) 140-277-00-95 Trans Oil Filter - $14.50
(1) 140-271-00-80 Gasket, Transmission - $11.00
(1) 140-991-00-55 Lock Pin - $0.70
(4) 001-989-45-03-10 Transmission Fluid - $44.00
Labor - about 1.5 hours - $136.50
Total = $221.70
I noticed an immediate improvement in how smoothly the transmission was shifting. The Blackstone analysis (~$25.00) showed that the fluid was old and the filter was full. I described what the tech did to a guy at Blackstone, and he said I should be OK for another 30,000 miles (~60,000 -> ~90,000).
I don't regret having this done, but I am not recommending it. I would rather have had all of the fluid replaced. Please learn from my experience, and tell the service department exactly how you want this done.