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Unread 31st May 2019, 02:54 AM
ABFoz ABFoz is offline
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I checked my trip journal and the smell came out only in the sticky sand area last year. No lights came out and it still drove fine.


4 body-on-frame vehicles got stuck here but the SG did a good job. I inferred 2 things about the smell now, a) I used fluid drive a lot in this section and b) the fluid is already due for a service so it wasn't at it's most effective state. When I went up and down the dunes, the car crawled with wheel spin so there is lockup in the torque converter and it was cool that time.

I am now using Motul ATF-1A and the 4EAT SportShift just performed extremely well with it. Even my last Northland trip with a lot of sand and uphills, the car behaved well.

I think I will just carry on with the current fluid cooling system it brings the transmission's temperature quicker than when an additional air-to-fluid cooler is installed. Cheers.
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