So, it looks like this is the general consensus:
-Power flushing is bad. It can clog valve bodies and just basically screw up the whole transmission.
-Using the transmission's own pump, it is possible to replace the fluid yourself, and that's the preferred method.
-If you take some of the fluid and it's red, there's most likely no problem with the transmission, and replacing the fluid will most likely not cause any problems.
-If the fluid is brown and burnt, the fluid is messed up, and your tranny most likely is too. Do NOT replace the fluid because it runs the risk of ruining your transmission. So what am I supposed to do?
-The transmission "dies" because "the old fluid has a ton of loose clutch material floating around in it acting as a band aid for the weakened clutches."
-The new fluid isn't really causing damage, it's just exposing the damage to the transmission that's already there.
There might be a few more things i'm not mentioning.
Now, what i'm worried about, is the fluid that's in there causing the tranny to die. Do I need to go easy on it? My dad told me that he took some out a while back and it was burnt and brown. I mean, if i go out wheeling, is the old fluid going to cause damage from having less lubrication or...whatever the fluid does exactly?
Also, I'm curious about this:
what about draining say 1/3...filling it 1/3 with new so theres some new fluid in it rather than the burned up?
Would the transmission adjust over time? I'm not exactly sure what's happening in the transmission. I looked up how auto tranny's work, and it was too confusing. I understand some of it now, but there's just a ton of information to process and understand.
Would it be worth it to add a transmission temp gauge? or is that probably not a big deal? I've only really been wheeling three or four times (not lack of interest, more like lack of places to go).
thanks for all the help