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My friend is blaming her mechanic for her transmission going. She says he should have changed the fluid when he did the oil change in august. He said he checked the level and it was fine. He has not serviced her vehicle in two months and she has driven several thousand miles. Can he be blamed? I trust him because he is my mechanic too.

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Joi, If the transmission fluid and level were sufficient at the time of the oil change, then there is no need for service. I do not know what all events transpired, but I would think he would state if it was due for service. AJ Pierce

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management Joi, Simply changing the transmission fluid would not have ensured that the transmission would not fail. Although regular maintenance from the beginning of the vehicles life will prolong the life of the transmission, nothing guarantees that the transmission will never fail. If you trust this technician, I would not loose faith for this reason. Suzanne

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