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Old 09-25-2012, 12:07 AM   #41
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Well I just had my oil changed again along with the typical "Works" package (27K miles). While I was checking out my service writer mentions to me that for the next visit my DCT fluid will need to be changed as per warranty specs. Price is about $200.00 just for that!

Anyone else heard of this one? Joe
From what I know, you shouldn't need to change the trans fluid before 90k or 150k I think. I personally will do mine about every 60-90k but I don't think it needs to be done at 30k. Take it somewhere else to confirm, but even in the manual, I think it states that it's a sealed transmission and doesn't require regular service.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:22 AM   #42
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150K intervals in the manual - already posted.
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u will find it hard to find a place to touch/change your transmission fluid at 100k miles, let alone 150k miles.
No. And a BIG "NO" when that's the manufacturer's recommended interval.

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150K intervals in the manual - already posted.
^ This.

You're not hurting anything by doing it more often, but I'm not sure it's merited. To me, if they're recommending doing it at 150K and you're doing it every 30K, that's a lot like taking a 10K recommended oil change interval an doing an oil change every 2,000 miles. If the peace of mind is worth the money, go for it.

Just IMHO, $200 for that service isn't crazy. But it IS all the more reason to learn how to do it yourself. Truthfully, if it's as simple as a drain plug and pumping a couple quarts of fluid, yeah I'd probably do it myself every 50K or so; it should be too cheap and easy not to. But for $200 a pop, it's really questionable.
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No. And a BIG "NO" when that's the manufacturer's recommended interval.


^ This.

You're not hurting anything by doing it more often, but I'm not sure it's merited. To me, if they're recommending doing it at 150K and you're doing it every 30K, that's a lot like taking a 10K recommended oil change interval an doing an oil change every 2,000 miles. If the peace of mind is worth the money, go for it.

Just IMHO, $200 for that service isn't crazy. But it IS all the more reason to learn how to do it yourself. Truthfully, if it's as simple as a drain plug and pumping a couple quarts of fluid, yeah I'd probably do it myself every 50K or so; it should be too cheap and easy not to. But for $200 a pop, it's really questionable.
The VW procedure isn't as simple as drain and fill. The fluid has to be at the right temp and you need VAG-COM to do some of it. $200 is way too much because parts should be less than $50. It shouldn't take a Ford mechanic much more time than an oil change.
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My brother in law just brought his 2007 Explorer into the dealer for transmission warranty work, and the called him "informing" him that the oil really needed to be changed, as the oil change sticker was faded, and the oil "looked pretty dark"...he had just replaced the oil not 300 miles earlier. With Royal Purple. SO, take taht recommedation with a grain of salt, unless they can give you some specific need to change it at 30K, against the owners manual interval of 150K!
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Been there, done that - I had a Ford Tempo in for warranty work and the dealer recommended a plug replacement and tune-up. I was surprised - both b/c I didn't give them any reason to pull the plugs and b/c I had just changed them a few thousand miles ago - 30K plug interval. He admitted that they were just going by the mileage on my car, so I said to put the car back together and I'd pick it up.

The worst example I had was a tire shop telling me I needed new rear rotors on a gf's Honda with rear drum brakes.
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