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Old 08-19-2018, 10:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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All they flushed was our money

Do you have your own "false flush" stories?

A few months ago my wife's Forester needed service, and I told her she was due for an automatic transmission fluid flush. It had been done at about 50,000 miles, I think. Now she is at 110,000. I know she requested the service because I heard her do the order on the phone with the tech. And after she brought it back, the car was shifting better she thought and I agreed. But slightly clunky shifting soon returned and I checked the trans fluid to see. Not good. Checked the receipt for service. They had only charged for 4 quarts ATF. It is a 10 quart system. So they hadn't flushed the system and hadn't told her. I could have drained 4 quarts and replaced it. So anyway, that is what I started doing today. Here is the ATF I pulled. Replaced with four fresh quarts. I will repeat 4 quarts maybe once a week for a two or three more weeks and then just do it every other oil change or something.



I wish I could count on the Subaru guys to do it right and honestly, but I can't. We love the car. The dealerships are bad. That is at least my fourth bad experience with two diff dealers.

Happens to you too? I don't imagine I am special.

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Old 08-19-2018, 11:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't have anything similar to share, but yikes. That's bad. Who knows if they even did the drain and fill.

The closest I can recall was Stevens Creek Toyota in San Jose, CA. My Ma bought a new '04 Sienna there. Somehow, the A/C was DOA, and it was back the day after. They fixed it, but it never really got cold. Given my subsequent experiences in the Echo (on which I used a manifold gauge to verify pressures) and my current Civic which both had/have weak a/c, and the fact that the Sienna in question ended up being a bit of a junker, I wonder how much I can even blame the dealer, though.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Isn't there any trustworthy independent mechanic around?
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I have a pretty good Hyundai dealer out here.
They have flushed the transmission fluid and it went from looking kind of orange to looking like fresh red fluid out of the jug.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:07 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Isn't there any trustworthy independent mechanic around?
And that is part of the problem. It was a difficulty with an independent mechanic who charged for work I later realized he didn't do that drove me to do all my own repairs starting eight years ago.
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Good service left somewhere in the early nineties...

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