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Old 04-16-2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Hello everyone.

My 03 vue has hit 77k miles just recently. What I notice after I drive the car is that the transmission tends to get clunky after I drive it awhile.(such as the car sits just below 2000rpm at around 25-35mph, than it shoots up and drops back down and you feel the car jitter) Im not sure if this is because of dirty transmission fluid? I believe this car does not have a dipstick for it because I couldn't find it when I popped the hood.

Im not really familar with the transmission fluid replacement mileage on this car, Im not sure if it falls under the 100k maintenance everyone talks about, or if it needs to be done every so often. I am not sure if this car ever had the transmission fluid replaced.

Basically getting to the point, should I have it done? And will I have a more smoother shift in gears or am I having a transmission slip / failure?

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Old 04-17-2012, 02:36 AM   #2
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It's an easy DIY and it can't hurt to see if this cures your problem. It's recommended 100k maint, but most folks here say it should be done more often. Some pics of the procedure here . . .
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=158509

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Old 04-17-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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How many qts? (Im guessing 4.3?) and whats the BEST fluid? ATF Z1?

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Old 04-17-2012, 06:27 PM   #4
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How many qts? (Im guessing 4.3?)
That's about what typically drains out.

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No - you want the T-IV

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Old 04-17-2012, 07:57 PM   #5
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Yeah that sounds good. Since this isn't a full flush as what I read, is it worth it to do it myself rather then spend the few bucks and get a full flush since im not flushing everything?

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Yeah that sounds good. Since this isn't a full flush as what I read, is it worth it to do it myself rather then spend the few bucks and get a full flush since im not flushing everything?
Everyone here says never "flush" - just "drain and fill".

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Alright. Reading a little more in depth on this, is there any local auto parts stores that carry this or am I going to have to go through toyota or GM?

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Alright. Reading a little more in depth on this, is there any local auto parts stores that carry this or am I going to have to go through toyota or GM?
I'm not sure - I got mine from Toyota.

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Thanks Chazz!

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You're welcome. I hope it makes your tranny feel better.

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