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My 2004 Audi A6 accidentally got the transmission fluid plug pulled the car has 114,500 and has never had been changed. I had more transmission fluid added. I was advised not to have my transmission flushed. Is my car ok?

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Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Helen, If the transmission fluid was more dark brown than a bright red , it is advised to be changed around 60k and 120k miles. Make sure that you check the transmission fluid level when the engine is running. (note oil level to be checked when engine is off). AJ Pierce

Karen Davis, Service Manager at Smith Stokes Many people do recommend a transmission change instead of flush for high mileage vehicles due to the possibility of flushing small particles into areas that could cause a problem. It would recommended you change the fluid with new and replace the transmission filter if automatic so that your transmission has the proper lubrication and cooling ability as well as a clear filter.

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Helen, If you have not had the transmission fluid changed before now, it is probably a good idea not to do it. Sometimes new fluid after all this time can cause issues with the transmission. If the vehicle is driving and shifting fine then you should be okay. It is advised that you do regular fluid changes on your transmission over time so that this does not happen. I would suggest that if you feel any change in how the transmission is driving that you get it looked at right away...otherwise, you should be fine. Lori Johnson

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