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Old 09-22-2006, 09:14 AM
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Trans fluid, where will it end!!!!

At what point will all of this multitype fluids end?

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima in the shop, with the customer wanting a trans flush (for maintenance). Found that it takes the Nissan Matic "K" trans fluid, called my local Nissan dealer and my cost on this is $13.70 that is for one quart, I will say it again $13.70 for one quart, I need 16 quarts to have the flush machine work properly. That's $219.20 just in trans fluid at my cost....

Where will all of these type fluids end?? You have anti freeze, engine oils, trans fluids, rear diff fluids, transfer case fluids, etc... all manufacture specific What ever happened to the Mercon/Dextron, straight 10W30 engine oil ,and 80/90 gear lube?

I think these manufactures are going to price out any type of repair or maintenance for the average guy to have done or do themselves.....

Sorry I will get off my rant and go back to work now.


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Old 09-22-2006, 09:26 AM
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What would be interesting is for some independent lab to test all of these different fluids just to see how different they actually are.

The specks for my jeep call for type f fluid but if only topping off to use dextron...what if I have a bad leak and need to top off constantly? Should I then mix both types in a proportion that takes into account the rate of leakage versus the average amount needed to top off the average trans?

How about tools? It seems that different fasteners are invented daily just to be sure that nobody but the authorized dealerships can perform any of the repairs.

I feel for your customer.
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Old 09-22-2006, 10:41 AM
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Steve, my son says the same thing. He's in a big independent shop and they battle fluid specific stuff every day. Put the wrong PS fluid in a Honda and you just bought the owner a new rack, pump and hoses! What a pain! That's another reason I like my 3 older chevies! they will run on anything I pour in! LOL

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Look into Additives

Steve, ATP makes different friction modifiers, there are ten ounce bottles and each ounce will work per quart. I am not sure about Nissan but I know there is one for Ford Mercon V and another for Imports that includes Mits and Toyota, and maybe Nissan. Maybe they or another company might make an additive for your need.
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Ford has a new one called Mercon SP for the tourque shift 5 speed auto $9.00 a qt if you can find it.
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And don't forget Chryslers ATF+4.....not sure on the price but so far the only place I have seen it is at the dealership.
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Some of the chevy manual trans take fluid that is more like $20/qt....but have you looked at the replacement schedule for most of the high $$ fluids? They are all around 100k mi. Much different then the old 30k mi stuff.
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