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Old 07-07-2011, 10:48 AM
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I know this will probably open a can of worms up, but I just want to get a third opinion from y'all. So I recently bought the truck a couple months ago, it has 1495xx miles on it. It does shift a little rough, my question is should I change the tranny fluid/filter? I don't know if the previous owner has done any maintenance on it. I am hearing and reading different things from people, some say don't mess with it you will only get problems, others say do it and it will shift smoother/last longer... I am confused as hell on what I should do; any input will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-07-2011, 10:50 AM
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Doing a fluid/filter change is actually a good idea. While you are in there, it probably wouldn't hurt to adjust the bands either. A trans FLUSH is what most folks consider a 'bad' idea, on a trans that you don't know how well maintained it was.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:08 AM
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Thanks for the quick response, yeah I was actually just looking at the band adjustment procedure in the service manual and looks really easy if you have a decent torque wrench/tools. One thing I didn't notice in the manual is what to torque the tranny pan bolts to upon reinstalling the pan.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:11 AM
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I just run 'em in nice and snug. I have never used a torque wrench on them.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:19 AM
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Thanks sounds good to me. Have any other tips for me before I do this? Seems like it is going to be an easy straight forward job.
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Pan bolts= 13 foot pounds Retorque in a couple days

Might not be a bad idea to remove the gov. solenoid and spray it down.
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If you haven't done this trick before..... be VERY careful how you take the bolts out. There is a LOT of fluid in there, and it likes to come out ALL AT ONCE.
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+1 ... And one other thing. We both dropped the ball on, suggesting one of these!



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Yes, just had my tranny rebuilt some, shift kit, etc... And a drain plug welded in. It'll make changing fluid along with reg oil changes easy.
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A trans FLUSH is what most folks consider a 'bad' idea, on a trans that you don't knowhow well maintained it was.
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