Playing with fire or being prudent?
August 21, 2011 10:09 AM Subscribe
CarFilter: Mess with the automatic transmission fluid or not? Difficulty? 2003 Ford Explorer with about 105,000 miles and a "sealed" automatic transmission.
posted by fireoyster to Travel & Transportation (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I own a 2003 Ford Explorer (like the '02, the not-quite-related-to-every-other-Explorer model). My usual mechanic says that I should have the transmission fluid checked or flushed. The problem is that, apparently, only a Ford dealer can do this because there's no dipstick. According to my Haynes book, Ford considers the transmission in this vehicle to be a "sealed system" that doesn't need regular service. The vehicle also has 105,000 miles, though I've only owned it for the last 35,000 miles. Compounding my confusion is the old saw that says "if you haven't had a transmission regularly serviced at 20k intervals, don't touch it unless it dies."
So, hive mind, should I take this Explorer to a Ford dealer and have them poke at the fluid, or should I just leave it alone since the transmission is working?