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Re: My approach on the Aisin aw55-51sn...long

Post by johnschnupp » Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:25 pm

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Re: My approach on the Aisin aw55-51sn...long

Post by johnschnupp » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:04 am

Quick update. Stopped by my local shop today with a case of 3309 transmission fluid. They drained and refilled. Drained into a shop oil can so no real measure on what was taken out but it took 3.75 quarts to get to proper level. The means I should have enough to do two more drain and fills. The fluid coming out of the tranny looked like motor oil, all brown and dirty and not a hint of red. I was for sure overdue. Leaving the shop it felt like it was shifting better but that could have been because what we added was not yet hot. About 8 miles to home. At the last two stop signs I could feel the low gear shifts, but they did not seem as bad. Sounds and feels promising. The commute to work this evening will be the real test.

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Re: My approach on the Aisin aw55-51sn...long

Post by deano1 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:28 am

Hey John
anxious to hear how it went.
You're probably already aware that 3.75qts is approximately half of the total capacity of aw55-50sn so while doing a drain and fill is a good start there's still a lot of that brown filthy fluid in there.
I really don't like waste so the idea of cross contaminating perfectly good fluid leaves me to look for a better solution and For me that solution was to pop off the cooler return line and literally pump out the old fluid 2 qts at a time, while adding pristine new fluid 2 qts at a time.
It's the solenoids that are in need of fresh clean fluid in hopes of flushing out the crud that causing them to stick.
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Re: My approach on the Aisin aw55-51sn...long

Post by abscate » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:17 am

Hopefully John isnt still pushing his Volvo home this morning....

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If you do three 1/2 drain and fills you are 88% ish new fluid - then just do one drain and fill each year as a PM item and you are set for life.


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Re: My approach on the Aisin aw55-51sn...long

Post by johnschnupp » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:18 pm

No pushing for me, yet. My commute is about 25 miles one way and included rural, interstate and city driving so it is probably a good test as to how the fluid replacement has effect things. Initially on the way home from the garage there did not seem to be much of a difference. I sort of expected that. After and additional two round trips to work and back (100ish miles) I can say that there is clearly and improvement, especially in rural driving where there are occasional stop signs and moderate speeds. Highway driving as never really been a concern. It is still a little "clunky" when driving around town with much more frequent stop/go traffic but I can honestly say that it has gotten better. It's not like I'm going to be doing burnouts and neutral drops but that was never my style of driving anyway. I bought a case of the 3309 fluid. It's enough to do it two more times. I'm going to get another change scheduled in the next week or two and then the final one in the beginning of January. My supposed mechanic friend from dart league who warned me of imminent tranny failure was wrong and probably full of something else that was brown and foul smelling too. I'll post some final thoughts after I've completed my cycle of fluid changes.

Deano, it's been recommended quite frequently on this site that high mileage vehicles with the status of the fluid changes unknown, that the best procedure is to drain the pan and refill. Doing this will incrementally get the old fluid out without causing sudden changes that might have unwanted consequences. Yes, it might not be as quick as doing a 100% replacement but to me it seems the better approach.

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