Nubo wrote:Goodbar wrote:I checked the level per the maintenance schedule at 15k miles/2 years. I used a bunch of extensions so I didn't have to pull the belly pan.
This is what the plug looked like — should I be worried?!
Looks fairly normal. Manufacturing the gear teeth perfectly polished and mated to each other would be prohibitively expensive, so it's done inside the gearbox by the driver. Most of those metal particles are from the first few thousand miles of use.
But -- the effort it takes to get the fill plug out is not all that much more than draining and re-filling. I like the idea of getting the initial wear-metals out of the case.
Interesting. Doesn't cleaning the magnet get the initial (ferrous) wear metals out of the case? I'm OK with doing fluid changes on the early side, but 15k miles is too early for me. I zipped the plug out from the wheel well so I didn't have to remove the belly pan, so a fluid change would have been a much bigger project. Plus I don't have ATF on hand, yadda yadda.