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Flush vs. Drain/Fill

I have searched but haven't quite found the answer I am looking for.

It is my understanding that doing a flush on an vehicle with high mileage is not recommended.

However, I have a 07 SE CC w/36k I just grabbed and I have no clue as to what the maintenance history is. The dealer changed the oil and "inspected and certified" it but nothing else (tranny, front/rear diff) wasn't done by the dealer. As a good measure on sanity and great feed from the forum, I am replacing all fluids with Amsoil.

My first question is, do I do a full flush or just multiple drain and fills as some have suggested?

Second, if doing the full flush (14qts?), do I drop the transmission pan and replace the filter as well?

Lastly, is it recommended to add an additive to the tranny? The Auto shop I would have do the full flush, highly recommended a BG additive in addition to the Amsoil. Not sure about that as I have not read anything on here about that as well as the owners manual.

All advise is greatly appreciated.
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wrong section?

did I post this in the wrong section? Do I need to upgrade in order to post this in the appropriate section or get a response?

Mods any suggestions?
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Just my 2 cents...

I will never do a Flush, new or used. After speaking to mechanic friends/reading & being screwed from GM after spending almost 70,000 on a truck, always dealer serviced and just 800 miles out of warranty did the dealer suggest a trans flush and 1 day after that the trans died...NO help from GM for the cost.
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I've never paid to have flushes done on any vehicle we've owned and have gotten over 230,000 Miles on all of them. If fluids are changed per the schedule, I think flushes are a waste of money. With only 36,000 Miles on your "new" '07, simply changing the fluids and filters should suffice. I can't address your automatic tranny query, as I've never owned one. Good luck to you and enjoy your ride!

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no "additive" needed. there just trying to make more money off you. i would, disconnect the trans lines from the cooler and drain out 4-5 qts, fill the trans, drain again, 3-4qts, fill, drain again 3-4 qts, fill. do that till the fluid being pumped out is nice and red as it should be and your GTG. no filter to replace on the trans.

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thanks guys for the advise.

Drain and fill it is. I understand this process from all of the write-ups.

What about dropping the pan and replacing the filter. How does this work in conjunction with the drain and fill? I feel like I should change the filter as well?
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thanks guys for the advise.

Drain and fill it is. I understand this process from all of the write-ups.

What about dropping the pan and replacing the filter. How does this work in conjunction with the drain and fill? I feel like I should change the filter as well?

Me, I change filters, as for this truck I haven't had it long enough to do it as of yet but I will when the time comes.

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thanks guys for the advise.

Drain and fill it is. I understand this process from all of the write-ups.

What about dropping the pan and replacing the filter. How does this work in conjunction with the drain and fill? I feel like I should change the filter as well?
There is no filter, there is a mesh screen that can be cleaned and reinstalled or replaced. But from what I gather, most people are leaving them be.

Maybe clean it out every few drain and fills? That's my plan anyway...

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"no filter" ugh! I just ordered one last night from Amsoil. I thought that there was an internal filter, not just the screen. i guess i will have to see if Amsoil will take it back. Or if it's just a replacment for the actual screen, maybe I will just put it in anyway.

Thanks guys for the advice.

Oh...is there a write-up with pics on how to hook up everything for the D/F process mentioned above?
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Grabbed a service reccomendation shreadsheet from a local dealership while I was getting it serviced the other day these are their flushing reccomendations (in kilometres):

Oil Change & Inspection 6000k
Oil Desludge/Engine flush 24 000k

Brake service 30 000 K
Brake Flush 54 000K

Coolant Conditioner 24 000 K
Coolant Flush 48 000 K

Power Steering Flush 54 000 K

Transmission Flush 48 000 K

4x4 Service 54 000 K

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