I am really surprised at all the recommendations for brake flushing. I've never read this before...at least nowhere near the time frame you all are passing along. Over the years most fluids have been extended not shortened...i.e. oil now commonly runs to 7500 miles or beyond vs the "standard" old 3000, lifetime transmission oil, lifetime antifreeze which I believe both are based on 100,000 miles but still so much more than the old days where 45,000 and 25,000 were standard recommendations for those.
My car now has around 68k on it, 55k of it in the last 2 years, but I haven't touched a thing! Not even the very often recommended throttle body cleaning...and all is perfectly fine. I did just replace the front pads at 65k and tires all around back at 45k but that's it. Everything else is original. I'm like Gene in that I (mostly) believe in don't mess with it if it ain't broke! For this thread, I don't feel any significant change to my braking performance at this time, certainly not enough to be convinced to perform a brake flush yet. Maybe another 20-35k (would be 85-100k on the car and another year to 2 from now)? Who knows. We'll see.
For reference after just reading Zjuretich's post (he posted while I was writing mine) the front pads replacement at 65k was the first time it had been done and the rotors were not replaced as they were hardly worn and were perfectly smooth and flat. I was very surprised at this find and actually the first time I've seen rotors in such good condition when pads needed to be changed. Zjuretich, it would seem to me you are somehow ending up with inferior quality in the metal of the rotors and cheap pads, not the ceramic ones recommended for our cars. Either that and/or you are an extremely hard/harsh braker! But I doubt that is the cause.
For your transmission, yes, harder or longer times to shift can possibly be "corrected" by changing out the fluid. If you sense even little changes in your shifting, that's the first thing I would do and fairly quickly as not to cause any (possibly further) damage to the transmission internals.
2014 SXL, only mods are after market rims due to recall.
Last edited by onlyjeeps; 01-28-2020 at 04:07 PM.
Reason: Addition after reading Zjuretich's post