Transmission fluid on 2003 Mitsubishi Galant

I just purchased a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant 2.4L with 114,500 miles. I would like to know when would be the best time to change my transmission fluid & timming belt? Yes the car shifts fine but the fliud is almost brownish looking. Thank you. Lwoodham

by in Darlington, SC on October 26, 2010
2 answers
ANSWER by on October 26, 2010
Darlington, SC, Cool! I use to go there to hunt a lot. Anyway, if the fluid lost its color than replace it. Make sure to use the Diamond ATF SP III (or Equivalent) transmission fluid. The timing belt due in every 60,000 miles, so if it was replaced you still have a bit to go (check if you see a t-belt replacement sticker on the timing cover) , however at 120K I'd strongly suggest to replace ALL OF THE TIMING COMPONENTS, not just the belt. If you post an e-mail I'll send you the list of the whole 120K service. Enjoy your new car! Zee
ANSWER by on October 27, 2010
I would recommend you have your timing belt inspected and replaced as soon as possilbe. If the timing belt breaks it will cause engine damage. It would be recommended to service your transmission every 30,000 miles. I would use only Mitsubishi fluid, Mitsubishi uses extra additives in there fluid that enhance transmission life and shift quality.
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