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    Default Automatic Gearbox Oil - Change Or Not Change?

    My automatic gearbox has done 97,000 miles and I don't believe the oil has been changed.

    The box is fine and there are no problems.

    I have heard that if there isn't a problem you shouldn't change the oil.

    If I was to change it I would get an Automatic Gearbox Specialist to change it as when I did it before it caused the box to get worse.

    The owners manual doesn't give any advice on when or if to change it.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    i changed the auto box oil in my signum 2.8 turbo
    and it made no differance whotsoever
    have a little bit of whining in first gear .
    when i removed the oil it was very black and watery
    and it was supposed to be red ...
    after all the problems i had getting the filler plug undone
    i am glad i did it now

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    Ment to be done at 50k

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    Thanks.Viper8 is there a dip stick on the box to check the oil? If there is whereabouts?

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    If Af40 The dip stick is on the drain bung . There is a small grub screw under neath. Run upto temp, leave it running and remove it oil grub screw not the full bung. Oil will leak out refit screw when just dripping. Switch off engine and top up 0.5 oil.

    My 1st gear moans a little when car is hot and it has only done 37k

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocket999 View Post
    I have heard that if there isn't a problem you shouldn't change the oil..
    My local Vx garage have told me the same thing time and time again. It's unlike them to turn down work when it's offered to them.

    My 2.2 direct auto is on 78,000 miles now and the autobox is still fine - touch wood.

    Quote Originally Posted by mattv6diesel View Post
    Ment to be done at 50k
    Source?

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    If it's never been changed before (at 100k), don't change it! There have been reports of failed gearboxes shortly after an oil change.
    I drove my mate's Signum 2.2DTi when he first got it. The box was smooth as silk at 100k in fact it was smoother than our reconditioned one (20k) and he said he was going to change the oil just to be on the safe side...3 months later the gearbox failed, lost all drive.

    What I would do is regularly check the oil, burnt smell or a weird colour indicate problems...
    Last edited by Celes; 27th August 2012 at 02:38.

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    What Matt Said

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    with mine i undone the little grub screw on the drain plug
    oil ran out .
    then i undone the big drain plug and it came out like crazy
    about 3.2 litres in total

    i put back in what i took out

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    with the filler plug ,that was a bigger problem ,i had Merikiito come over to help me
    Excellent guy !
    he cracked the plug open for me with some better tools


    drain plug on mine

    and the filler plug


    could not get to it because the turbo is in the way
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