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Unread 07-18-2014, 06:12 PM   #1
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Manual Tranny fluid change surprise

Hello Jeep Fam,

Over the past few weeks I've noticed that my shifting has gotten a little rougher than usual so I figured I'd check the trans fluid level. It was at the correct level but was fairly dirty so I ran to advance and grabbed some pennzoil synchromesh. When I pulled the drain plug out there was quite a bit of nasty metal shaving gooped in dirty fluid..... Is this a concern!? I baby it when I shift because I've had friends who are rough and grind gears all the time which is obviously terrible for your rig! Should I take it to a transmission shop and have them take a look? Or am I just overreacting to normal wear? I'd really appreciate some wisdom and tech support because I've never messed with my transmission on any of the vehicles I've owned.
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Unread 07-18-2014, 06:16 PM   #2
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Change the oil. Drive it around. If it's better, good. If not, take it to the shop.
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Unread 07-18-2014, 08:11 PM   #3
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mine has always been clean. recently it has gotten noisy in every gear but 4th.my magnet was covered with metal slime and some larger slivers as well
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Unread 07-18-2014, 08:21 PM   #4
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I change my fluid once a year in 3550. I use Pennzoil Synchromax. I only have about 9 or 10 thousand miles on the fluid each time, but with a body lift, its a ten minute job. I bought the Jeep with about 70,000 miles, and I,m now about 104,000 miles, and it shifts like butta.
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Unread 07-18-2014, 11:11 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies guys! I changed out the fluid no problem and once I cleaned off the drain plug I realized that it's actually a magnet so that would make sense why it had some shavings on it. Filled her up with synchromax and as Andy5150 put, "it shifts like butta"!
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Unread 07-19-2014, 08:22 AM   #6
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Fine metal particulates are pretty normal, and if the fluid had never been changed there'll be quite a lot. It's sizable pieces of metal to be concerned about.
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Unread 07-19-2014, 10:29 AM   #7
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i had some the size of staples. its a howler for sure so its losing a bearing
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