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Old 06-02-2012, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Transmission.

I am new to my 2008 Impala. How often do you guys service the transmission.

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Old 06-02-2012, 06:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What's your mileage? Factory service interval is 50,000 miles, but with how fragile these transmissions are, 30,000 is a better service interval. If you are around the 50k mile mark, get it serviced. If you are around the 100k mark and it hasn't been serviced, it's probably best to leave it. Transmission services are one of those things that you either do it regularly, or not at all. If it has been around 100k miles, changing the fluid now would do more harm than good.

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What's your mileage? Factory service interval is 50,000 miles, but with how fragile these transmissions are, 30,000 is a better service interval. If you are around the 50k mile mark, get it serviced. If you are around the 100k mark and it hasn't been serviced, it's probably best to leave it. Transmission services are one of those things that you either do it regularly, or not at all. If it has been around 100k miles, changing the fluid now would do more harm than good.

It has 92K. I bought at 90K. What do you think? Should I do it? Is it a drain and fill like or does it have a transmission pan

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Eh...that's a hard call not knowing if the previous owner did it. You might talk to a transmission shop and get their opinion. But don't have anyone do a flush. Run if someone tries to sell you that. What you want is a pan drop and new filter. That is the best way to do it.

Just a side note, get your vin number and call the dealer service department. Find out how much, if any, of your powertrain warranty is left. If something were to happen to your transmission after you get the new fluid and filter, you should be able to claim it under warranty, 5 years or 100k miles. You are close to the point of it being up, so it would be good to know.

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Eh...that's a hard call not knowing if the previous owner did it. You might talk to a transmission shop and get their opinion. But don't have anyone do a flush. Run if someone tries to sell you that. What you want is a pan drop and new filter. That is the best way to do it.

Just a side note, get your vin number and call the dealer service department. Find out how much, if any, of your powertrain warranty is left. If something were to happen to your transmission after you get the new fluid and filter, you should be able to claim it under warranty, 5 years or 100k miles. You are close to the point of it being up, so it would be good to know.


Is the transmisssion that sensitive? Changing it the fluids may cause complications? I am not ready to hear that

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It's that case with any neglected transmission, really. But these transmissions are especially fragile.

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It's that case with any neglected transmission, really. But these transmissions are especially fragile.
I see your point but I haven't experienced that.. In 2nd Generation Acura TL, there was huge problem with transmissions. I decided to change the fluid after the car had 120,000 miles on it. I don't think anyone had ever changed it before but i was like....what the heck.

Acura had this method called 3 and 3. Change the fluid. Take it on test drive for 10 miles. Change fluid. Test drive and then change it a final time. I just changed the fluid every 3000 until the fluid was completely clean throughout. Expensive but the fluid change on those cars was a drain, no filter. I am still driving the car on that same transmission.

So changing he fluid and possible having problems because you're changing, sounds REAL fragile. Paper thin. Thats shocking.

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Welcome, Deepconcentratn! As you're seeing, there are many knowledgeable members on this forum and I'm sure you'll find the community beneficial. Have you been consulting the "Service and Appearance Care" section of your manual (beginning on page 5-1)? You can change the automatic transmission fluid and filter at the intervals listed in "Additional Required Services" on page 6-6 (i.e. 50,000 miles as C.E. Divine mentioned, above), and be sure to use the transmission fluid listed in "Recommended Fluids and Lubricants" on page 6-12.

If you'd like me to check and see how much time if left on your warranties, I can pull up that information easily for you. Just send me a direct message with the last eight of your VIN anytime!

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