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Old 11-28-2014, 02:50 PM   #1
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Transmission Fluid Change

After how many miles an I supposed to change the transmission fluid? It's a 2004 GT with 82,000 on it and I don't know if it's ever been changed. I just bought it this summer. It's a 5 speed.


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If its never been changed probably a good idea to do it now. Especially if it is the manual transmission, they were known to be overfilled from the factory.

Which transmission do you have?
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It's a 40th anniversary edition. So whatever they have. I don't have any idea.


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It would be safe to say its never been changed then. Its fairly simple to change the fluid on these. Just make sure you fill it back up with 3.2 qts of fluid.
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I'd go with penzoil syncro mesh
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Probably THE very first thing you should do with a 01-04 manual transmission car is drain the fluid out and re-fill it with 3.2 quarts of Syncrhomesh. They were overfilled from the factory to 3.8 quarts which caused all kinds of issues. Most people don't think to change manual trans fluid. I'd say it should be changed relatively regularly.
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Probably THE very first thing you should do with a 01-04 manual transmission car is drain the fluid out and re-fill it with 3.2 quarts of Syncrhomesh. They were overfilled from the factory to 3.8 quarts which caused all kinds of issues. Most people don't think to change manual trans fluid. I'd say it should be changed relatively regularly.

Ok, thanks! About how regularly?


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I'm crazy and always do it once a year. Most ppl who actually change it regularly will do it every 20-30k.
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Ok, cool. Thanks!


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What's the absolute easiest way to change it? I've read some people pull their shifter and some others do everything from the bottom.


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What's the absolute easiest way to change it? I've read some people pull their shifter and some others do everything from the bottom.


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I did the job in like 15 to 20 minutes via the shifter. Just removed the shifter, lifted the car and stuck a jack stand underneath, loosened the drain plug, dropped the car back down and let it drain, lift again real quick, (jack stand) replaced drain plug, dropped again, and filled 3 quarts from the shifter. Drove it, and mind makes a liud grinding noise in 5th, so I added .2 qts, still had some noise, so I added .3, a total of 2.5 qts, and now it only makes that noise whem its cold. Shifts like I always wished it would since I switched to synchromesh. And being a non synthetic fluid, ill likeley change it more frequently as well.
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Pull the shifter, doing it from the bottom is just silly. You can do it literally in 20 minutes via the shifter.
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Does it matter if it's Penzoil or Valvoline synchromesh?


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They're both good. GM too if you feel like paying out the ***. Pennzoil is $8/bottle at Autozone.
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If you can find it ^ I went to 3 different auto stores until I finally went to the Chevy dealer and paid out the *** for it.


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I've put many miles on both cars with Mobil1 ATF and a short throw shifter. Works wonderfully.
I know that Syncromesh is also reccomended by Tremec.
-Two choices there from Tremec.
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Probably THE very first thing you should do with a 01-04 manual transmission car is drain the fluid out and re-fill it with 3.2 quarts of Syncrhomesh. They were overfilled from the factory to 3.8 quarts which caused all kinds of issues. Most people don't think to change manual trans fluid. I'd say it should be changed relatively regularly.

Can you give me a step-by-step on how to change it? I'm gonna change it tomorrow, and I'd like to know the easiest/quickest way to do it. I just don't want to screw anything up, or do it wrong. Thanks.


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Can you give me a step-by-step on how to change it? I'm gonna change it tomorrow, and I'd like to know the easiest/quickest way to do it. I just don't want to screw anything up, or do it wrong. Thanks.


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Drain bolt is on the bottom of the trans, that is self explanatory. When you put the plug back in, do not gorilla tighten it or you can crack the case. Put some black rtv on the plug to ensure a good seal. Fill through the shifter with 3.2 quarts. There are a ton of vids on YouTube of shifter removal or just watch the one on mgws website.

The whole fluid change should be very quick, like a half hour.
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When you change the fluid through the shifter what kind of gasket do you use? I am planning on installing a MGW shifter and see that it comes with a tube of gasket sealant but have also seen the preformed gaskets. Any thoughts?
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When you change the fluid through the shifter what kind of gasket do you use? I am planning on installing a MGW shifter and see that it comes with a tube of gasket sealant but have also seen the preformed gaskets. Any thoughts?
Preformed gaskets suck, they always push out and leak. Use the black RTV, you don't need alot, make sure to go on the inside of the bolt holes, not the outside.
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Transmission Fluid Change

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So I have a short throw shifter in my car, I ripped into it, thinking it would be easy like you guys said. I'm an hour and a half into it and I'm completely lost. What do I do? I've drained the transmission fluid already and I cant get the shifter out


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So I have a short throw shifter in my car, I ripped into it, thinking it would be easy like you guys said. I'm an hour and a half into it and I'm completely lost. What do I do? I've drained the transmission fluid already and I cant get the shifter out


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Post up some pictures of where you're at. Are you trying to fill through the shifter base?
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Transmission Fluid Change

Take out the console part, then there are 4 screws around the dust boot, then 4 bolts holding the shifter in. After that you gotta use some arm muscle to get the stock shifter out.

But yes like JDF said, post some pics.


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I ended up buying a pump and just doing it under the car


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Did you even watch the mgw video? It literally takes 5 minutes to pull the shifter.
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I searched, couldn't find the video


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It's on the mgw shifter website.
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It probably is, I couldn't find it when I looked though lol


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U'll need smaller sized sockets. How to video LINK:
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I'm still not quite sure how you get stuck though even without the video.

-Remove shifter knob but just unscrewing it
-Pull out shifter bezel and unplug the 12V wires
-Unbolt the 2 shifter handle bolts and remove handle
-Remove 4 bolts holding on the dust boot
-Remove 4 bolts holding the shifter
-Smack the shifter base a few times to dislodge it or stick a phillips screwdriver in one of the shifter holes and pop it loose that way.
-Pull out shifter.

Takes 5 minutes.
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