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Why is engine oil replaced more often than transmission fluid?

The engine oil has to deal with very high temperatures (best example: the piston rings). Also the engine oil degrades because it gets contaminated with soot, corrosive combustion byproducts and fuel ...
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Should I change transmission fluid if it's black?

Rough or slow gear engagement (as mentioned in the comments) could indicate that the shift solenoids are having trouble actuating due to the dirty fluid. As racefever suggested, you should change the ...
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Main engine not firing after non-engine-related fixes (replacing fuses and transmission fluid), starter/fan fine

This is rather specific to the hazards of car ownership in West Africa, so I'm not surprised no-one has suggested this! After using an improvised variant of this method to confirm that it was indeed ...
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How to determine if manual transmission fluid has to be changed?

tl dr: Unless you have a leak somewhere in your manual transmission, leave it alone and don't worry about it. If you look at the maintenance schedule for Hondas, you'll find there's no schedule for ...
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Can i use Honda CVT fluid in a Honda ATF transmission?

No, you should not under any circumstances be adding the incorrect fluid to a transmission. If the transmission in question calls for ATF use ATF. Likewise, if it calls for CVT fluid use CVT fluid. ...
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Should I change automatic transmission fluid JUST because it's brown?

Changing the fluid will not "take it over the edge". Indeed it's often the first thing to do if the auto has a problem. Having said that, I wouldn't change it just because of the colour
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Should I change automatic transmission fluid JUST because it's brown?

Generally speaking, there is no harm in changing an automotive fluid. In fact, new fluid usually performs better than old fluid, whatever the purpose of the fluid. New fluid is clean, has the proper ...
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Fixing a gasket oil/transmission fluid leak with epoxy glue - possible reaction with oil?

If it is the oil pan bolt holes that are stripped out, using a Heli-Coil thread insert is the professional permanent solution. Heli-Coil is the inventor of this repair method, but there are other ...
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Automatic Transmission - Reverse Flush, what is this procedure and why is it dangerous?

A reverse flush is where the maintenance guy will disconnect a fluid line for the transmission, usually at the radiator (or cooler), then attach a flush machine to fill the gap between the connections....
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Is this the ATF drain plug on 06 Ford Fusion (please confirm)?

The drain plug will be part of the housing of the transmission. This is the closest image I could find: Note this is not exactly for your car, it's for an '07 Fusion 6 speed auto transmission. So it'...
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Lifetime transmission fluid

Advanced fluids that resist breakdown mostly, and good filters. Old automatics (and I'm assuming the car in question is an auto) usually had service intervals of ~60k, so new technology pushing it out ...
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Main engine not firing after non-engine-related fixes (replacing fuses and transmission fluid), starter/fan fine

Try starting the vehicle in neutral. It might an issue with the electrical connection in the Neutral Start Switch located in transmission console where the gear shift is. If memory serves me correctly ...
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When should brake fluid be changed in a Honda 2016 CRV?

Most cars have brake fluid changes every 2 years. It may be occasionally the case that car manufacturers experiment with longer intervals, finding them to be unsuitable and reverting back to the ...
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Engine oil in my transmission oil

If it is an automatic transmission, then don't drive it, get it changed right away. The valve systems & clutches work under very fine tolerances and are not designed for engine oil. if it is a ...
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So I goofed.... added fuel cleaner to transmission.

You should drain this immediately. The solvents may very well damage the seals etc in the transmission - you don’t make it clear if it is an auto or not. So, drain, then refill and run for a bit ...
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Is this transmission fluid level too high?

It really depends, but it definitely could be over full. The reason I say "it depends" is, how did you take the fluid reading? Follow these simple guidelines to see if you've gone wrong: Ensure the ...
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When should brake fluid be changed in a Honda 2016 CRV?

Specifically (meaning as applies to Honda vehicles): Your engine oil needs to be in spec which is defined by Honda, you can deviate at your own risk. Oils may be incompatible with gaskets, etc. Most ...
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Fixing a gasket oil/transmission fluid leak with epoxy glue - possible reaction with oil?

I really think it depends on how they are using the glue. If they are using it to fill in a void, then it might work. You WOULD NOT however, want to use it to seal the leak directly. For instance, you ...
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Can i Mix Recommended Transmission fluid?

I would make darn sure there is no coolant in the transmission. I would suggest a complete drain including the torque converter, and then using the fluid (OEM compatible) of your choice. However, to ...
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Grinding in Neutral After Changing Outer CV Joint

The grinding is likely coming from the splines on the driveshaft. Either it is not fully engaged in the differential or the splines have become damaged. In neutral, if there is no resistance to ...
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How to measure transmission fluid levels?

I did a little research today and it does appear to be a little odd. Apparently, the motivation is that they'd like to have a maintenance free transmission (i.e., no holes for customers to insert too ...
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Would it be okay to top up manual transmission fluid (GearOil) when engine is hot

Yes It's sort of like an oil change after driving around a bit. The only real concern is burning yourself. Of course, this being the transmission, you are less likely to burn yourself because "hot" ...
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Truck problem need some help

It sounds to me from your description, the transmission is going out of your truck. Either it lost line pressure or the clutches just weren't holding. The constant pressure of running the truck via ...
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93 Dodge Dakota ATF cooler line

The best way to fix this is to use flared butt ended fittings, or to replace the line whole. The rubber, while it will hold, is still the weak link in the chain. Over time it will weaken and wear, and ...
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Should transmission pan bolts require re-torquing after first couple drives?

there is a specific tightening pattern when tightening transmission bolts. If you do not follow it, some of the bolts will be too loose. The gasket should have come with a tightening pattern and ...
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Honda automatic trans fluid level

This isn't a problem with Honda transmissions ... this could happen to any automatic transmission, regardless of make. Overfilling a transmission is probably #2 on the big list of no-nos with ...
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What is the difference between flushing and draining? And can flushing be a bad idea?

In the most simple terms flushing means you are actively washing the old fluid out using some sort of other liquid (such as a detergent or solvent) rather than passively draining which is just ...
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Is this transmission fluid high enough?

it is hard to tell from the photos you included but looks like you are ok. by that i mean you appear to have enough fluid in the trans to keep it safe and operate ok (slipping or hard shifting). you ...
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Should transmission pan bolts require re-torquing after first couple drives?

Having worked in a transmission shop , I can promise the most likely problem is over-tightening; it crushes the gasket too much which then leaks. As noted , it is very important to manufacturer's ...
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2013 Chevy Sonic Transmission Fluid Change

Most cars with manual transmissions do not require you to change the oil/fluid which it uses to lubricate itself. This is because a manual transmission is not usually hit by the heat which automatic ...
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