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Posted: October 23, 2007 at 12:41 PM / IP Logged  
My 06 civic has 34K on it. I have yet to check the trans fluid!Transmission Destroyed By Python 871xp - Page 22 - Last Post -- posted image.
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Posted: October 23, 2007 at 1:45 PM / IP Logged  

There's a 'cultural' difference here that may not be apparent to both parties. The Brits tend to maintain their vehicles very well, or at least the owner's manual for my wife's TR6 suggested as much -- check the radiator and battery water weekly, the engine oil (seemingly) every time you drive, wash and wax whenever soilded, etc. Many Yanks tend to drive their vehicles until they drop. Some maintain them, especially engine oil changes, but many just drive until something breaks.

Relevant to the current thread (re. the transmission condition), the van was obviously maintained very well. I don't have the maintenance records, but I posted an exterior photo to show the general condition and found the next scheduled oil change with the oil specified as Castrol Synthetic. All other indications suggest all scheduled maintenance was performed, including transmission and differential lubricate changes. The transmission AFT had at least 2,300 miles on it from my trip from Phoenix to Buffalo. (And it's very unlikely that the dealer changed it just before the sale; they deal with high-end vehicles much more costly than this van.) Also, there was no sign of bearings or other components 'burning.' Finally, the PCM failed!!!! Now, you can speculate that the gear broke and caused the PCM failure, but the more likely senario is that the PCM failed and caused the eratic shifting among gears.

FYI: I personally don't do ALL of the preventative maintenance on my vehicles; the people that perviously owned this van probably had TOO much money. I have too many charities that could use the money instead.

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Posted: October 23, 2007 at 2:28 PM / IP Logged  
I would be a hypocrite if I didn't admit, I hardly ever check my oil, let alone ck my tranny fluid level.
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Posted: October 23, 2007 at 3:54 PM / IP Logged  

I leave it up to a doctor to check a tranny's fluids.

I check my transmission fluid every day...the bike uses the same oil that lubes the engine for the transmission. Fortunately for me if I don't take my bike out of second gear, I won't damage much.

Gotta go now, the mailman is finally bringing my 2 week correspondence certificate in car wiring! Now all I have left is my night school classes for learning how to tie my own shoes, and I am set. 

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Posted: October 24, 2007 at 4:05 PM / IP Logged  
My eyes hurt from looking through this thread.... did this guy ever say how many miles were on this van when it went into the shop? I asked wayyyyyyyyyy earlier in the thread, but never saw the answer. Friggin' customers....the smell from the dead horse is making me sick......
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