Learn About Changing Transmission Fluid

By | September 30, 2011

Maintaining your vehicle is very important today in order to make sure it lasts for a long time. With the economy continuing to struggle to recover, many are finding simple tasks such as changing transmission fluid and oil help ensure the vehicle is operational for a longer period of time. By performing simple maintenance such as these things the engine is better able to handle the daily operation that is required of it.

To help your vehicle move properly, you will need to make sure that the filter is clean. To keep the filter clean the oil in the case needs to be cleaned as well. While there is a process which is used to flush out the old oil and clean it, this process does not clean out the filter. By replacing the filter and the oil in the transmission, you will remove all of the impurities and small pieces of metal that will accumulate there.

The process to do so will involve removing the pan from the bottom of the case. Some will have a drain plug that will allow you to remove some of the oil prior to remove it while others will not. If you are able to remove the oil, it is best to do so to avoid spilling it. If the oil cannot be drained, then carefully remove all of the bolts and then remove the pain.

Under the pan you will find the filter. Remove the screw that holds it in place and remove the filter. Make sure there are no particles left on the interior of the case by gently wiping away any extra oil that you find there. Use caution when doing this not to dislodge any of the parts inside the case. After the pan has been removed you will want to scrap away the old gasket so that you do not have any leaks when the filter and pan are reinstalled.

Some pan gaskets require a bit of sealant to hold them in place while you reinstall the pan. Additionally some filters will also require a gasket under them to make sure they stay in place. When using a gel sealant to hold gaskets in place, it is a good idea to make sure none of that sealant gets inside the casing. This can be pulled into the pump and cause problems with the fluid flow through the transmission.

After you have removed the pan you will also want to wash it thoroughly with a solvent to remove the oil and any particles and dirt that may be there. After it has been completely cleaned it will also be important that you have wiped it out completely and no solvent remains. Leaving any solvent in the pan can result in the breakdown of the oil faster and will result in it needing to be changed again sooner. After replacing the filter and the pan and ensuring that the bolts are secure and the gasket is in place, you will need to refill the case with fluid.

Most hold about five quarts however some may hold more. After adding five, start the vehicle, let it warm up some and then check the fluid while the vehicle is running. The level should read full. If it is below that line, increase the level by adding a half of a quart at a time. You do not want to overfill it either as this can increase the pressure in the case and result in problems. At the same time you do not want it to be low as this can starve the transmission and cause it to get too hot. After adding the oil you will need to look under the vehicle and check for leaks as well. You do not want to cause problems in the future due to a small leak in the seal.

Changing transmission fluid can be a messy job. You will need to be under the vehicle and it is a dirty place to be. In additional oil spillage and the general dirt from the bolts and screws will increase the mess. However, if you are capable of doing the work yourself you will find you can save quite a bit of money on the job. Today most find it easiest to just take their car in and have any necessary tune up or repairs done by someone else. Some do not want to get dirty doing their own work, some are not capable of doing their own work and others simply do not have the time to do the work themselves.

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