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Fluids Is trans axle fluid the same as trans mission fluid and do you add it where you check with the dipstick. i've changed the oil on my vibe probably 25 times this time i think i drained the tranny fluid??? the fluid was very dirty looked a little red (not really) how am i sure that's what i did and what i need to do

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Trans axle and transmission are the same in a front wheel drive car. After 25 oil changes, the trans fluid probably should be replaced anyway, if never done yet. Pontiac/Toyota do recommend synthetic trans fluid, which is quite pricey per quart from the dealer. If you did drain the trans fluid, and didn't replace it, chances are you wouldn't be driving right now. I do wonder how oil change #26 went wrong? Not criticizing, just wondering. Hope this helps.

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