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Posted 09 August 2004 - 04:30 PM
The owners manual suggest Dexron II or III fluid. What is a good brand to put in? I use Mobil 1 in the engine with a factory filter. I plan on getting the filter from the dealer but I'm unsure of what is a good transmission fluid. It doesn't look to difficult but I'm sure the entire trans is not going to drain the 9.8 quarts.
Also I noticed in the owners manual it states the A/T dipstick has markings for hot range and cold range. The dipstick in this car doesn't have those markings, just low and full.
Any advice would be appreciated, this is the first time I have attempted changing A/T fluid.
Posted 09 August 2004 - 11:22 PM
I just did a drain, fill, and filter replacement today. Drained out about 6 quarts, last time I only got ~5 when I didn't change the filter. One of the parts guys over here told me the AT filter is a lifetime part, I have a hard time believing that though (filter is a bit pricey too ~$24).
I mixed in 6 quarts of castrol full synthetic ATF, hoping for a bit smoother shifting/better cold performance.
I saw a procedure somewhere that explains how to do a complete flush by disconnecting the trans cooler line in front, and letting the transmission pump all the fluid out. I'll see if I can find it.
You'll need a fairly long skinny funnel to fill it back up, since you have to use the dipstock hole.... I also put a crush washer (like on the oil plug) on the atf drain plug, not sure if it needs one though.
I wonder if maybe they changed the dipstick between model years? Mine has a cold and hot scale. You're better off filling it up a little low (measure how much came out) and then measuring the new fluid hot, it seems to be more accurate.
Posted 10 August 2004 - 07:39 AM
Posted 10 August 2004 - 02:07 PM
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