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Old 03-22-2007, 10:56 AM
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Since were talking ATF....the Lexus dealer was the only shop in town that knew what Dexron VI was. All I needed was a quart for the Allison and I went to all the GM dealers in town. The lead guy in the GM shop said they could care less and if I brought my truck in for service they would use Dexron III. Oxidative and shear stability aside, I am not taking my truck in for service at that dealership.
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Thanks for the well articulated description!
I really don't understand the 'conventional wisdom' on not using the BG system to change auto tranny fluid... I guess I'd change my tune if someone could point to a single failure caused by using the BG system.
You're missing an option, Bill. The BG Exchange Machine is the good option.

The bad option is the power flush, which is performed at Jiffy Lube and many other places. It also uses a machine (which is where I was confused), but forces the fluid through the system with tsunami power.

I can just see me on the phone now: "No, I don't want a transmission fluid flush -- I want an exchange. Yes, there is a difference. What machine do you use for this? Yes, it does make a difference, and if you don't know, I will find somewhere else to take my Land Cruiser. Fine!"
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Old 03-22-2007, 11:16 AM
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Bill it sounds like everyone's right here. You've been saying flush all along, but in reference to what Fatkid describes as a BG exchange. So if the "BG Flush" is really an "exchange," then I think we can all just get along after all..


edit: and Matt can type faster than me.
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Okey doke. I was confused because the 'oh no don't do it!' was in response to my recommending the BG flush/exchange/clean/evacuation/replacing/partridge in a pear tree/whatever/thingie.

Then, there were comments about leaving the stuff in there rather than disturbing it...

Or just draining a bit at a time...

Basically, clean the dang thing and put fresh blood in it!
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In my only auto tranny my flush method it to keep topping it off when it leaks out. 215k later it's still going.

I'm sure running it low doesn't help it but at 215 i'm not going in to seal it. It only needs to last another year or so and I have a couple of backup vehicles.
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Ok...so finally got around to calling "Toy Doctor" on Broadway.

They use Castrol oil exclusively (engine, diffs, tcase).

They are ok with customers bringing in their own fluids but charge an additional $65 due to the "extra work" involved with putting the customers fluids into their pumps...So fluid cost + $65 to BYOF

Other "gotcha"...The AT exchange is really a drain and fill, not a full exchange. Tim's mention in a previous post of doing the "4 qt drop & swap" made me question the coupon as it states "up to 4 qts" for the AT. Full AT exhange is $175 using their brand of fluid.

Other thing I checked on was a radiator flush (not just a drain and fill) and that runs $99 using Toyota Red.

So....seems like the good deal isn't all that great of a deal, especially for a person wanting to use a different fluid type than what they use

I've got no reason to doubt Castrol oil is good, but I have yet to see anyone recommend it...Might be time for some late night PM duties on my part and just get it done...
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You might try Toy Car Care out on east Arapahoe. Romer mentioned they do a tranny fluid exchange for $99. They're out past the airport.
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You might try Toy Car Care out on east Arapahoe. Romer mentioned they do a tranny fluid exchange for $99. They're out past the airport.

Centennial airport on Potomac just south of Arapahoe Rd.

Call them first and ask if they still Honor the coupon for the $99 exchange
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I've got no reason to doubt Castrol oil is good, but I have yet to see anyone recommend it...Might be time for some late night PM duties on my part and just get it done...
OK, here's one. Castrol is fine stuff. I'm a Valvoline man myself, but would not hesitate (and have not hesitated in the past) to use Castrol.

Pennz sucks. Bonneville experience behind that one.
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OK, here's one. Castrol is fine stuff. I'm a Valvoline man myself, but would not hesitate (and have not hesitated in the past) to use Castrol.

Pennz sucks. Bonneville experience behind that one.

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