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I have an 03 Jetta. I was not sure if I should have the oil change place replace my transmission fluid. They suggested it, but I was not sure if I really needed it. I have about 81k miles on it now. Also, it made me wonder about tune ups...when should I do that? I don't think I have ever had either of these things done before.

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Pita, Sounds like you need to find a Automotive Service Provider to help you keep current with all your regular maintenance. I recommend you have tune-ups and any other maintenance work done at a shop you know and trust. Even if one of our clients needs a tune-up, we make sure there is are no safety issues that need to be addressed before they go spending their money on maintenance work. It's important you find a shop that will help educate you and prioritize the work that needs to be done to keep your car safe and reliable. To help you understand what maintenance work your cars needs you can go to the AskPatty.com website and sign up for an account with MyCarPage. This will keep you up-to-date with the information you need to know about your car. All My Best, Amy Mattinat

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Pita, Transmission fluid typically should be replaced around the 90k mile mark sometimes earlier sometimes later, really depends on the primary drivers habits. It should be bright red in color, and never brown/black ask to see a "swab" of your fluid. Go to your local auto parts store and ask them to check in for free, and learn about how to check it. You can get an honest outside opinion on the condition of your fluid. You can check the owners manual for manufacturers recommended interval of tune-up and maintenance. 90k usually is one of the larger services to be performed because of age and mileage. Often it is worth performing this large 90k service especially if you have no car payment. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Pita, Your owner's manual should let you know when scheduled maintenance is due for your particular vehicle. Generally, transmission fluid and filter should be changed every 30,000 miles. However, if you have never changed it, you should have a qualified technician look at your fluid first. Sometimes, if you wait too long, it's actually not a good idea to change it at all. As far as a tune up - plugs, wires, cap and rotor - generally these days most manufacturers recommend 100,000 miles, unless you are having problems. Suzanne

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