Transmission

Hi there. Gary you reading this? I value your opinion and others as well of course.
I have 69000km on my 2000 GMC Sierra SLE 4X4. It is a daily driver. I never
haul anything in the bed...only a 500lb snowmobile a couple of times in the past. The tranny fluid has never been changed. Everything works as always since new. No problems that I am aware of. Yesterday I called a local tranny shop(excellent reputation) for a price on a transmission fluid change. I also inquired about a auxiliary cooler. The price that they gave me was $335 taxes in (Canadian) for the tranny flush, cooler and installation...... So my questions are....
Do I really need a cooler ?? Is a tranny flush bad? Or do I just get a fluid/filter replacement? Is the price quoted good?
Thanks for your help, Glenn
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Transmission flush probably not a good idea, transmission fluid and filter change is an excellent idea, transmission cooler is even a better idea. Cost is probably ok as that's probably about $175.00 American?
Brian
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If thats the case that is cheap because it costs me $90 for filter and fluid to do my truck.
Adair
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. . ======== snipped-for-privacy@nbnet.nb.ca (DaNewf) wrote:
Hi there. Gary you reading this? I value your opinion and others as well of course.
I have 69000km on my 2000 GMC Sierra SLE 4X4. It is a daily driver. I never haul anything in the bed...only a 500lb snowmobile a couple of times in the past. The tranny fluid has never been changed. Everything works as always since new. No problems that I am aware of.
Yesterday I called a local tranny shop(excellent reputation) for a price on a transmission fluid change. I also inquired about a auxiliary cooler. The price that they gave me was $335 taxes in (Canadian) for the tranny flush, cooler and installation...... So my questions are....
(1) Do I really need a cooler ??
(2) Is a tranny flush bad? Or do I just get a fluid/filter replacement?
(3) Is the price quoted good?
Thanks for your help, Glenn ============== Answers to the quiz
1) No, unless yer planning on moving to Florida in the near future to use yer truck to haul hurricane debris....then yes. (this answer is based on yer honesty as a cussimer....meaning you don't haul nut'n)
2) Flush bad.........fluid/filter good.
3) I can only give you local US prices...... (local means here, where i'm at...... not up there where Gary's at.... or over yonder where Doc's at.... maybe you shoood ask Ian.... he's up der wher yer at.... and he spokes perty good Canadian too)
Prices listed are all pre-tax and whithout waste disposal fees
Fluid & Filter Service $69 Hayden Cooler (installed price) $125
unless you frequent a shop in Beverly Hills or one on Madison Avenue......those prices should be perty close across the board for most tranny shops here in the US...give or take a buck or two.......mostly give :)
want an option?
AutoZonedOut Store prices: (again....USA denominations are intended)
6 qts fluid......about $10 Filter,gasket....about $18 Cooler......about $50
so.....what's yer Saturdays worth to you...
hopefully yer questions were answered to yer expectations because the expectation wuz that yer questions would be answered, ~:~ MarshMonster ~:~
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Marsh Monster wrote:

No, don't bother asking me, because I disagree with point 2.
Ian
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I keep hearing that tranny flushes are bad. Why?? Ian your thoughts on the matter please.
Thanks, Glenn

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DaNewf wrote:

I suppose it all depends on the definition of a trans "flush". If this means that shop is using some sort of machine that forces clean trans fluid thru a transmission at some high pressure and possibly in the reverse direction of normal flow....then I'd probably agree. I've never seen a machine that does that, but of course, that doesn't mean they don't exist.
On the other hand, if what is meant is a machine that simply attaches to the trans cooler lines in series and while the old fluid runs out one cooler line, new fluid is pumped into the transmission at the exact pressure that the transmission normally uses at the cooler lines, (in other words, a simple fluid exchange) then I don't agree that a trans "flush" is "bad". Probably because I've used the above type of machine for about 5 years now on a regular basis and have never seen any ill effects. I've used it on my own vehicles, works quite well. Especially if you pump about 5 litres more fluid then the capacity of trans thru it...you are pretty much guaranteed that there is no old fluid left in the trans.
I think two things might make people nervous about the trans "flush". One, it's seen as a profit center for shops...and this is very true. Easy money. Gee, I wonder why it was developed? I mean, everyone knows that automotive repair businesses are certainly not in "it" for the money...right? The other possibility is that people will forget to do the regular old trans service which involves dropping the pan, checking for debris, and changing the filter. Personally, I believe that most trans shops would actually prefer to drop the pan. I mean, you can show the customer any amount of what really is normal debris, spin a tale of how bad it looks in there, and get an overhaul out of the deal. Keeps you busy in the slow times.
We do both. We usually alternate, first a fluid "exchange" at that specified mileage, and then the trans service at the next specified mileage. Eventually, or if the fluid is particularly dirty, we can/will combine the two procedures.
Ian
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This is what I put on mine: Derale 22,500 GVW cooler, bought on ebay for 39.95 + shipping. Put it on myself... and did so AFTER changing (myself) the filter and fluid. Works great... but if you want the ultimate; check out a Perma-Cool, made in Caada. Over double the price, but built quality is awesome... surely it'll last darn near forever.
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