Scott,09 malibu 3.6L 6 speed with 50,000 miles on it. I was reading the owners maual and from what I understand the fluid is "lifetime" unless you fall under the severe duty catagory and then you need to change it at 50,000, is this correct?
I don't think I fall into the severe duty but I think I would like to change the fluid as a preventative maintenance thing, don't think it can hurt can it?
So if I do this do I need to flush it or can I drop the pan and drain and add new fluid? Also is there a servicable filter I need to change?
Any advice with this would be much appreciated,
I don't see a problem with changing the tranny fluid - I've never bought the "lifetime" thing, and changing the fluid is a whole lot cheaper than buying a new transmission.
But: transmission fluid flushes? Uh uh. Flushes have been known to break crap loose that eventually clog a fluid filter, and fry the tranny. I've known two people that had this happen to their transmissions within a month of a transmission flush (one is still in a court battle with the shop that did the flush). I'd go instead with dropping the pan, replacing the filter, close it up & top it off with fluid.
Better yet - let Chevy do it, and maintain your 5yr/100k drivetrain warranty.
Anyone know what service procedure Chevy recommends for a fluid change?