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I have a new mechanic and they told me I need a new

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I have a new mechanic and they told me I need a new transmission - but I don't know if I do.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mazda
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

What is the year make and model, and what kind of trouble are you having?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's a 2000 Mazda protege (stick) and sometimes it's hard to shift when I'm going up hill. Not always...just when I'm trying to downshift.
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

Has anyone checked the fluid level?

Mazdas always have a hard time downshifting when the fluid level gets low.

Also, how old is the clutch?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What kind of fluid? The clutch has been replaced about six years ago.
Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

Sorry, the transmission fluid.

The protege uses 75w90. How many miles since the clutch replacement?

Does it have any other symptoms that might indicate a worn clutch?

Expert:  Jared D replied 1 year ago.

I wanted to check and see if you needed any additional help.