I have an 08 Crown Victoria Police Interceptor with 170.000 miles on it . My transmission fluid is a reddish brown but clear . The car shifts great . Should I change the fluid and filter?

Asked by GuruK9GMJ Nov 30, 2019 at 05:03 PM about the Ford Crown Victoria

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have heard that I shouldn't change the transmission fluid if its brown ? my
fluid is a clear red brown in color and doesn't smell burnt.So I am kind of stuck
on what to do with this situation ?

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Do you plan on keeping the car for the next few years? Then I would change it if you know it hasn't in awhile. The transmissions that have their fluid changed when brown and develop problems is because the transmission was on the way to begin with due to not changing.

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I use an old shop vac and suck out the old with a hose sent down the dipstick tube , clean it first so you can see if any metal comes out ., The filter has a large surface area so it's not like it'll readily clog . even if you drop the pan you never get it all and the "purge " system that does has been frowned upon

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As long as it doesn’t smell burnt changing it should be fine, however I would add a can of TransX to the new fluid, then drive it about 2000 miles and service it again, then watch the fluid color closely for a while, if the color stays red then your good to go. But if it starts to turn brown then you should start looking for another tranny or rebuild the one you now have.

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This sounds like a great idea. Thank you so much!


I would change it, drive it for a day and change it again.

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