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Old 07-26-2016, 05:28 PM   #1
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Transmission Fluid? Automatic

Has anyone changed their ATF? Something we can do ourselves? Or is it really "sealed" like they say? I am approaching 100k miles.....would like to check out my fluid to see how it looks if it's worth changing.....


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get under it there is a small (tiny) dipstick near the pan bolts remove it, drop pan,clean pan replace filter install pan, near the dipstick is a small opening where you fill it. its a ***** to fill. you need a squeeze bottle with a long tube to get the fluid in.
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Nice! Have you done it? If so what mileage were you at? Worried mine might have been too long, from what I hear if you wait too long and the oil is way past due, that putting new oil in can do more damage than good, that's why I'd like to look at it if possible! But thanks for the info! Probably end up doing that here in the next month hopefully!


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Not on this car but plenty of others, been playing with cars since 1972, As for waiting too long I usually change it every 60, 000 miles I do a complete flush, on some cars every 100, 000 all with no problem. Any higher miles from that I just do a pan drop. I am going to do my stang soon it as 72k on it now. But it is such a paint I think I am going to buy a ATF flush machine. You can get them used for about $250 new for $600 may si=ound like a lot of money but if I take it to a shop its$200. Also right now I have two cars and will have a third in about a year, plus my girlfriend has to cars so it makes sense.
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Yeah so it would pay for itself eventually, and you'd have peace at mind knowing you did it yourself and correctly to your expectations, can't always count on that nowadays....id rather do everything myself than have to take it to a shady STEALERship


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Yeah so it would pay for itself eventually, and you'd have peace at mind knowing you did it yourself and correctly to your expectations, can't always count on that nowadays....id rather do everything myself than have to take it to a shady STEALERship


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Exactly, my dad, may he rest in peace (miss ya pop) was an awesome mechanic, and that's what he taught me do it yourself, you may screw it up but you have no one to blame but yourself, and you will get right next time. Here's a little tip from him, any type of fluid breaks down in time. once it breaks down it is not as effective and damages the components, so change brake and power steering fluid every 15k your oil and filter every 3k with the new cars we changed that to when the gauge tells you. Trans and gear fluid every 60k, grease all fittings every other oil change. in all my years between all of our personal vehicles, we have changed two master cylinders, 1 power steering pump, 1 transmission, 2 sets of head gaskets about 5 water pumps. We have had cars we have put 100,000 miles on that when we sold them, still worked fine, right now I have a 1997 grand prix. with 350,000 on the original engine and trans and changed the suspension out at 225 k. So pop knew a thing or two.
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Nice! And I don't believe many vehicles come with grease inserts now, but I've seen some of the aftermarket replacement parts have them included!


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Yep, some parts even have a spot where you can buy an aftermarket zerk fittings and screw them in.
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Has anyone changed their ATF? Something we can do ourselves? Or is it really "sealed" like they say? I am approaching 100k miles.....would like to check out my fluid to see how it looks if it's worth changing.....


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had my ATF changed a few months back , filter dropped and a new filter installed. My advice, just take it to a shop. I had a transmission shop do mine and very worth while. It was only $250 . I changed it around 53k miles.

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How are you folks doing a "complete flush"? Without a device connected to the lines that run up to the radiator, I don't see how a home mechanic can flush out and replace all the automatic transmission fluid. I've always taken mine over to the "double A beep beep" folks, who yous a low pressure flush device. This way it gets all the transmission fluid out, and not just the pan and filter (torque converter holds as much, if not more then the pan).
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I had my local Ford dealer do mine for $200. They dropped the pan to change the filter screen then did a slow power flush
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$200.00 is a decent price for a complete flush, as to fluid brand has anyone used Motul 600 ATF yet?
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I would be very carefully flushing a tranny that has 100k on it. Best way is to take it to a tranny specialist and make sure they use the cars natural pressure to cycle in the new fluid.

I dropped my pan about 5k ago and it was very easy minus getting the new fluid in.

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You have three options and I have done both, if you read my other posts I drive my cars forever easily 150,000 or more with no problem. OK first way;

Drop pan change what fluid you can drive about 3,000 mile and repeat, do this two more times and on the last drop change the filter. By this time most of the old fluid has been diluted with he new and recycled.

Second way

disconnect the lines attach a clear tube to the return line put the end in a bucket (or the snake hole you spotted that you are afraid the snake will come out of and bite your pets) put a clear tube on the other line put the of that in a 2 gallon jug of trans fluid. Start engine shut of soon as you see the jug is nearly empty (which is very quick) shut off check stick underneath top off

Third and my favorite; Buy a used low pressure machine after the second time you use it, it will pay for itself. You can get them on ebay, craigslist or a shop that is going out of busines.
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