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2002 Grand Am Sealed Transmission

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My 2002 Grand Am has 40,000 miles on it & it's in pretty good shape.  The car has a sealed transmission in it.  According to the owners manual, it has lifetime fluid with no need to change it or worry about the filter.  Anybody have thoughts or suggestions on this ?  I'm an old timer and feel after 18 years or so it might be time to change the trans fluid.  How long is the original fluid good for ?  Is ok to just go to an oil change place and get the fluid changed ?  Lots of stuff on google about it but,  what's the real truth ?  I don't want to change it and create any problems here.  Comments welcome.

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Changing the oil and transmission filter on this transmission is a royal pain in the butt, as the attached video will tell you. For a job like this, I am willing to pay someone else to get dirty.

I would agree that after 18 years that the transmission has probably absorbed it's share of moisture via condensation and needs changing. Changing it is not a problem as long as you take it to shop that knows what they are doing.




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