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  1. #1
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    Default 2001 xc70 Tranny

    Hello all,
    I've owned a 2001 xc70 for a year now and the car runs perfectly. Transmission is smooth as silk.

    My question is should I change the tranny fluid using the gibbons method? I am very good with working on my vehicles and never had to mess with the transmission....they always just worked. I already change the oil myself and am unsure of the condition of the tranny fluid.

    I hesitate because it's running great right now and I don't want to stir anything up or not get the fluid level right and do damage. Not to mention the damn fluid is not cheap. Also, is there anyway to tell if the tranny was replaced?

    I've always been a VW guy so working on a Volvo is very new to me.

    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Default Spot test

    Spot the transmission fluid on a clean, white paper towel, preferably next to a spot of new fluid. Compare to figure below.

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  3. #3
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    Yes, you should flush it if it's been more than 30,000 miles.

    The fluid IS cheap, if you go to your Toyota dealer and buy T-IV for $6.25/QT.

    If you're crazy enough to go to your Volvo dealer and pay $28/QT for the EXACT SAME thing...well, then I suppose it's expensive...If you buy the dealer explanation that their fluid is synthetic, have them show you the product data sheet on the Volvo trans fluid, which clearly states "mineral oil"...people assume that the factory fluid is synthetic because it's ridiculously priced...nope, it's just ridiculously priced...

    If you don't have a Toyota dealer nearby (or don't like them), you can buy Mobil 3309, which is the EXACT SAME thing here: http://store.avlube.com/mobilatf3309.html
    for $65/case (plus shipping).
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    BeckArnley is now supplying T-IV ATF with under their own name. Not too pricey and available thru many autoparts stores.

    http://www.beckfluids.com/products/atf/t4/

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    Good to know...thanks!
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    2005 MB S600 (130K, Michelin AS4, HPL 0W40)
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    2004 XC90 (247K, HPL 0W30 Euro)
    2002 V70-XC (300K, HPL 0W30 Euro)
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    2001 V70-T5 (125K, IPD downpipe, cat back and other mods)
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  6. #6
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    Good to know alternative source for parts and stuff. Thanks.
    DC

    2002 V70XC - Polarartic/Oak, ESR, 5AT Geartronic, leather package, factory towing kit, tinted windows and screens, tracker, sunglass holder, center console cup holder, nylon cargo barrier, luggage net, Ipod connectivity, R instrument gauges 150k kms to date

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