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I have a 2001 Mazda 626 with 58000 miles. My primary use is around town driving and I am the original owner - purchased the car in Jan 2002. The dealer states that it's time for a transmission flush and a fuel filter change. I couldn't find either of these procedures in my owner's manual. Do I really need to do these or is the dealer just trying to increase my maintenance costs? Thanks

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Karen, Transmission fluid is usually changed around 30,000 miles or so, but that depends on each manufacturer. Did you look in the back of your owner's manual where it lists the maintenance schedule? If you didn't find anything there, then I would suggest that you ask the dealer for their recommended maintenance service list. You want to make sure that you are doing everything right so that you will maintain your warranty status. Another thing you can do is sign up on Ask Patty on the My Car Page. It's free and it will give you all kinds of great information on your vehicle from service to sales. Lori Johnson

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