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I am restoring a 1983 Dodge van with 40,000 mi. It has been stored indoors for twelve years. The transmission fluid looks right, and smells right. I'm concerned about replacing fluid to the tranny, having heard modern fluid would dissolve the glue used in the tranny construction. Any advice would be appreciated.Thanx

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You will be fine to replace the fluid using the proper variety (or compatible modern alternative) of transmission fluid. The main concern that replacing transmission fluid in an older vehicle is that if the fluid has not ever been changed during the life of the vehicle, or not nearly often enough, that varnish which has built up on the internal passages and mechanisms of the transmission will be mobilized due to the detergent action of fresh transmission which can permanently damage the transmission. This is normally only an issue if you were to change the fluid in a car which had run for over 100,000 miles without ever having the transmission fluid changed before.

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