First, I 'd like to thank you so much for taking the time and effort to spread very valuable information that most car owners/operators may not be aware of. I could notice your sweat in Houston heat and humidity as I've watched hundreds of your videos. God bless you.
I have a quick question and hope you have time help me with it.
I am a student (on a very low budget because college takes a lot), I have a 2005 Camry 2.4l LE, I bought it and been using it daily in the past 18 months, I have noticed that the ATF is very dark so I have asked many people whether to change it or not. Some advised me not to change it because a fresh ATF will have different properties (viscosity and so) and may affect the transmission badly (it may start slipping), their evidence is what is written on the ATF dipstick "No need to replace the ATF under normal driving conditions", Others have a different opinion that I have to change it, otherwise, the dark and old ATF may cause damage to the transmission as it cannot cool it as the fresh ATF can.
I am confused and at the same time very worried because I CANNOT afford a new transmission or even rebuilding a broken one. Also, I have three kids and don't want the car to break down when they're ridding with me. The car has 168K miles.
Thank you so much for your help.