Originally Posted by Matt Kline
... I can afford it, but wonder if it's really needed...
but may depend on HOW LONG U KEEP the truck, purchased or leased and so on...
the schedule SHOULD be in the owners manual or ONLINE at ford's site by using your VIN #...
the issue is TOWING typically kicks the truck UP to the severe duty service schedule....
and that schedule typically cuts the interval by 1/2.
so a 60k service item may become a 30k item on the severe duty list.
very few autos have "lifetime" ATF.
i do own 1 car that's supposedly has lifetime ATF, and every owner i know still changes it at 30k or sooner.
towing typically means more shifting and more HEAT in the tranny so fluid changes/degrades at a quicker rate than non towing.
most importantly YOUR truck is still under warranty
and the warranty could be AT RISK for NOT following the recommended maintenance schedule.
my 250 diesel gets the tranny fluid tweaked every 30 k, but that mileage is almost all draggin' a fat/long trailer.
yes to the tranny filter service too.
the big debatable question is FULL fluid change (including torque converter) or flush/change that only replaces ~1/2-2/3s of the total.
there are valid arguments for EITHER approach and risks/issues with BOTH approaches.
the price seems TYPICAL for a flush/filter service withOUT a discount/coupon which dealers often offer for these things.
pan OFF full service is probably NOT gonna be recommended by the dealer on a NEW truck and would cost 100$+ over the flush.