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When do I change the transmission fluid in my 2003 Highlander?

The last time I took my 2003 Toyota Highlander for an oil change I was told the transmission fluid color wasn't right and it needed to be changed. The owner's manual says to change it "as required" whatever that means. What is the best way to determine that the fluid needs to be changed?

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    I had my transmission flud flushed and later found out it was only flushed and not drained and the filter washed and replaced. When I asked the mechanic about it he said they don't recommend replacing the filter anymore and that flushing is only recommended. True?

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If the fluid smells burnt or is black, replace fluid. Manufacturer suggests that you inspect it at every 30,000 mile interval. I would suggest having it flushed every 75,000 miles as a normal maintenence.

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