Easy Steps In Changing Automatic
Transmission Fluid and Filters
Make sure the fluid is warm. Warm up the car so the transmission is
at normal operating temperature. Pull the transmission dipstick (located
near the firewall in most cars). Fresh fluid is translucent and cherry
red. Some darkening is normal, but if it is reddish brown or mustard
color and smells like burnt varnish, it is worn out. (Caution fluid will
Drain the fluid by loosening the pan.
Select the correct Amsoil filter replacement based on pan shape and
prepare a large pan to catch the fluid. Then loosen each pan bolt a turn
or two and loosen one corner more than rest. Drain mostly from this
Finish removing the pan and any gasket
material from the pan or case. Avoid scratching the metal and make sure
the pans gasket surface isn't bent or distorted.
Remove the old filter. Most transmission
filters are held in place with a bolt or two, but some are held by a
clip. Be careful to include O-Rings or other seals.
Install a new filter. Use the clips or
bolts from the old filter. Be sure O-Rings, etc. are in place. If the
filter has a long intake neck, gently push the neck into place without
unseating the O-Ring.
Clean the pan thoroughly. Inspect the pan
before cleaning. A small amount of fine grey clutch dust is normal.
However, if you find metal shavings, there has been transmission damage.
Clean the pan with solvent and wipe dry so there is no harmful residue.
Position gasket on pan. Some gaskets have
four holes slightly smaller than the rest to allow four bolts through
the pan and through these smaller holes to hold the gasket in place.
Hand tighten pan bolts in a criss-cross
pattern. After that, use a torque wrench to tighten bolts to proper
ft-lbs as per manufacturer.
Refill the transmission using only the
amount shown as refill capacity in the owners manual or "AMSOIL Product
Selection Guide, using the type of fluid specified for the vehicle.
If doing only a partial fluid replacement,
skip to instruction 12 below. If doing a complete fluid replacement,
follow the steps in instruction 11.
You now have replaced the fluid in the pan.
To replace the fluid in the torque converter and oil cooler also, follow
Step 1. Obtain the total system capacity of the vehicle from
the manufacturer or AMSOIL. Have this amount readily available.
Step 2. Disconnect the oil cooler lines from the oil cooler. As
you may not know which is the pressure side and which is the return
side, have both directed so the stream of fluid will be directed toward
Step 3. With the assistance of another person, be prepared to add ATF to the
transmission dip stick tube fill area as it is being pumped out of the oil cooler line.
Step 4. Start the engine, and as the old fluid is pumped out,
add fresh fluid to the pan at the same rate as the fluid is being pumped
Step 5. When either the fluid color brightens or the total
capacity has been replaced, shut the engine off and re-attach the oil
cooler lines. All fluids in the pan and torque convertor has now been changed.
Recheck the fluid level. With the car on
level ground, set the parking brake and the transmission in Park or
Neutral. Let the engine idle for a few minutes. Shift the transmission
into different positions before returning the lever to Park or Neutral.
Check the fluid level again and check for leaks.
The automatic transmission fluid and filter change
procedures are meant to serve as guidelines only. These guidelines do
not take into consideration variations between vehicles. Changing
transmission fluid should only be conducted by individuals with the
proper mechanical knowledge and training. Personal injury and/or
transmission problems can occur when the proper precautions are not
followed. If in doubt, have your transmission serviced by individuals
capable of performing this function.
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