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Old Yesterday, 03:09 PM   #1
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Default Oil and Trans fluid replacement

In celebration of hitting 200K mi today, I performed an oil change and ATF drain and fill.
Being the first time I have performed these fluid changes Myself, I am shocked at how dark both old fluids are.
Is this typical of what you guys are seeing or are these particularly dark?

I had the oil changed 7200 mi ago with Pennzoil Ultra 5W30 and a Bosch D3330 filter.
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The ATF fluid was last replaced 100k mi ago and was certainly in need.
Sheesh, so dark. It seemed reddish on the stick and didn't smell burnt.
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Its normal.
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The PPU can get that way fast if you have not been running a quality full synthetic before. According to the cw, it will clean faster than almost anything, including HDEO. I was doing 5k changes on dino, and it came out carmel-colored. The I switched to PP (not the ultra, but very similar) and it was dark in less than 1k miles from the cleaning action. After a few OCIs this will taper off as it gets clean and stays clean.

On the ATF, I really don't like doing whole flushes at that interval. A drain/fill every 30k keeps the fluid refreshed and performance from suffering. Like you, I notice that if you do a drop test (take out the dipstick, put a drop of ATF on paper) it can look red, but then when you drain or pump it, it looks black from the suspended particles you can't see on the stick/drop test.
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100K ATF fluid interval is too long.
I would do 30K as it was suggested above.
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Thanks,

Yup, 109k was way too long. I was going through my service records, seeing what all had been done over the years and what is needed. I'll do another drain and fill in 5k, then once every 30k. The shifting seems smoother with the Valvoline Maxlife ATF.
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