Transmission, Automatic

Fluid Change Procedure

Fluid Change Procedure

Before you start, get the car off the ground at least high enough to easily crawl under it. Also, it should be level. You will need a few items before attempting the job. I believe the drain plugs are 6 mm allen head bolts. You'll need a large open catch tray and rags for the inevitable spill. A tube at least 1.5 meters in length that will fit into the filler hole. A funnel that will fit into the tube. Some line to hold the tube in place while refilling the tranny.

First, get the torque converter lined-up with its drain plug in the lowest position and remove the plug. Second, remove the filler cap and drain the pan by removing the plug. Third, remove the pan to expose the filter, and then replace it with a new one. Fourth, install a new rubber pan seal with the pan. Take care not to over-tighten the pan bolts. Fifth, replace both drain plugs. Sixth, place the tube into the filler hole. Raise the open end above the level of the filler hole, place a funnel in the open end of the tube, and slowly add the new fluid. For fluid I use Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF. I can do the entire job in about an hour, but if you've never done it before, allow at least two.

The fluid reservoir has markings to indicate the fill level. As you fill the reservoir the level will rise, but you will have to have the car running and in gear to get it to the correct level. Also, the level is temperature dependent. The lower mark is for temps around 20 degrees Celcius. Lastly, do not overfill the system. Take note of how much fluid came out so that you'll have a clue of how much to add.

Merry motoring, Ed.

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