its about 3.2 qts will drain out with trans warm from 15 minute drive- then start the draining
remove trans dipstick to allow air thru- just like oil change
most years have a drainplug that you insert a 3/8" ratchet into - a square place in the center of the drain plug and its lefty loosie to remove- not a regular looking bolt type as the engine oil does
Note ATF is stamped above drain so you cant go wrong
Suggest you test plug before getting it hot- can seem to be way too tight from years of sitting.
Break it loose then retighten to 29 foot pounds, same as oil drain plug
If stuck try tightening slightly then remove
Make sure you can get it loose before anything else!
make sure to put back same amount- over filling is really bad for the trans
Follow book procedure to ck level- 10-15 minutes on freeway cruising- then get off and stop on level safe place. STOP ENGINE and pull dipstick- wipe clean and reinsert- remove and now read Level, needs to be in between the dots or lines- anywhere in between is good- towards the middle is better.
appearent Level rises with more heat from driving, so again- do not overfill !!
or drain off excess if it happens
I suggest a full drain. If the PO was too busy to ever change the HVAC filters how likely is it he did the transmission?
I have had my car two years and almost 40k and have done three complete drain & fills.
These are glass transmissions.
But if that's the case, then a full drain could be bad for the tranny. I've read tranny's crapping out after people do full 3x3 drain/fill on transmission with 100k+ miles that have never been changed.
spray some wd type stuff at the edges of the plug to get in the threads
let sit overnight
Now place ratchet in place and set to tighten
Give that a whack or 3 with a hammer to send vibrations thru the assembly- that breaks the corrossion bond and lets you remove it
You can do a 3qt change once a month for three months to ease the transition in the transmission Draining is easy - you don't even need ramps. A floor jack on the middle support on the front frame crossmember will lift it up plenty. Once I get my drain pan in place and the plug out, I actually lower the jack to get a little more fluid out. I raise it again to get the pan out and put the plug back in.
You need to find the refill hole/plug before starting so you don't get stuck halfway through. Do you know where it is? Do you have an oil-jet kit installed?
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