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1996 Dodge Dakota P/U truck with burnt smelling brown transmission fluid. Repair guy said not to change the fluid because that might cause the transmission to "fail" - instead he said leave it and I might get another 50K miles out of the tranny. thoughts?

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Posted on May 11, 2010

Testimonial: "mrprattman, Thanks so much for validating what I was told re: my "tranny" fluid question - I'll leave it be and keep my fingers crossed :)"

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