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Old 06-22-2008
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The fluid in my 'new to me' FC35 is kind of brownish in color, but it does not smell burnt. Are the different brands slightly different in color, or should I just go ahead and have it flushed and refilled. It shifts ok as far as I can tell.
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Tranny fluids are different colors, but I don't think brown is one of them. I'd have it flushed and refilled. Don't forget to change the filters (if you have them).
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Gardner,

Most tranny fluids are red, Dextron, Transynd are two,
There were some posts several months or year ago,
about motor oil being used in Trannies.
You may want to track the Previous owners down and ask,
or look into the maintenance records, if available.
I would check out the proper fluid recommended then change it.
Run it awhile and change it again.
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Yea, I tend to agree. A change of fluid and filter won't hurt and will probably be the best course of action. It got a new set of sneakers Saturday, so why not splurge on the fluid.

I drove it around 450 miles this weekend and it performed very well. I am not getting hot water form the exchanger. however. I need to follow the hoses and locate the valves.

Interestingly, last night I ran the generator and got hot water, but this morning running the generator didn't produce any hot water. It may just be a mater of cleaning the connections and the tank mounted thermostat.
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gardner,the best way to flush the trans is to take a line off and put the end in a bucket,run the engine while pouring new fluid in the dipstick tube,run it until new red fluid comes out of the line.
use a clean bucket,then pour the fluid in the fuel tank!
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Congratulations Randy and All Bird Owners,

Keep America Green, Drive a BlueBird, It recycles its' own waste oil.
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I think I will need a BIG bucket. How much fluid would it take to do this? I would assume maybe twice the capacity of the tranny?
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i use a couple of 5 gal buckets,don't let them get to full!
you can always shut the engine down between buckets!
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Just hook your line up to a spare fuel filter and put the outflow right into the fuel filler neck. Almost like making your own fuel!!! Probably could do it driving down the road!!!!
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John,
I have an FC so it would take a 30 foot hose to do that.
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