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when to change tran fluid,axle oil

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by flykelley, Jan 31, 2004.

  1. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    Ok Guys
    This is the first year plowing with my new truck,should I change the tran fluid after the snowplowing season is over with?

    Also what about the axle lube both front and rear?

    The truck is a 2001 Chev 3/4 HD with 5000 miles on it.

    Also do you do anything with the plow itself,change fluid grease etc,the plow is a curtis pro 3000

    Regards Mike
  2. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    curtis 3000 nice choice!!! They say to cahnge transmission fluid often if you plow alot. I change it before and after each snow season sometimes more. pull up the trans. dipstick and smell the fluid, if it smells burnt time to change it. I think i've only changed it once mid-season but i don't plow that much just 37 averaged sized driveways that are all close by.
  3. JMR

    JMR Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    I change my trans fluid at the begining of each season. I do a trans fluid flush and replace the filter. The gear oil in your truck is synthetic. JMO I would check at every OLF for any water contamination. If fluid doesn't look extremely clean replace it. Better safe than sorry. Otherwise replace it according to your maintenance schedule. Don't forget the transfer case fluid, Same rules apply. Use the severe duty schedule for your vehicle. I change the plow pump oil annually.
  4. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    I change the fluids in the transmission (filter too), axles, lift pump and transfer case at the end of snow season. I don't want them to go through the summer dirty. I change the oil at like 2000 miles because the truck works hard and most miles are with the plow on. Make sure you have a big add on transmission cooler, this will save the tranny's life. Check all the fluids and fill it up with gas before a big storm so you are ready to roll. Putting gas in during raging storm at 3am is not what I like to do.
    Carry extra fluids with you so if you need to top off stuff at fuel stops you have it handy.

    I do all my own wrenching, except tires, transmission rebuilds and wheel alignments. A heated garage will save your sanity too.
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2004
  5. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,815

    i do my service at the end of the season trans,diffs,transfer case, doing oil change as needed then i service the plow in the fall
  6. flykelley

    flykelley 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,124

    I do have a large tran cooler from the factory along with tran temp gauge,so far have it has not gone past 175 degrees.

    Regards Mike
  7. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    You should be set then. The new transmissions scare me(all brands) anymore. I have had a few of the new Ford tranny's die under me. Never had that problem from the old c-6 / 3spd. Heat kill-em quick and they ain't cheap to have rebuilt either.