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Old 06-30-2014, 10:06 AM
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Default change transmission solenoid

It seems it has become necessary to change the solenoid on my 2003 transmission. If I do this myself will I have to drain the transmission? I have been unable to find any info on this. Has anybody out there done this or had this problem?
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I believe you have to drop the pan to get in there.
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Yes, you remove the pan, and the main sump filter. Then the valve body is retained by 6 screws, so disconnect the main wiring harness (sticking vertically up on driver's side of the trans), then remove the 6 screws and VB will come out.

The solenoid module is on top of the VB. There are a bunch of identical screws that hold it on. Just remove the screws and swap it out. Make sure your new solenoid has a black or white (not gray) wiring connector on it. The gray-connector solenoids have no OD solenoid inside, so they will not work properly in a 2003.

Make SURE when you reinstall the VB that the slot on the vertical arm of the code plate (the part that slides back and forth when you move the shift lever) lines up with the pin on the manual lever (the one inside the case, that rotates when you move the shift lever). Leave the shift lever in Park when you remove the VB, and then make sure the code plate is slid to the Park position (fully rearward, with detent roller up against the code plate's vertical arm) before you bolt it in. If it's not lined up correctly, you will break off the pin on the lever, and then you have to pull the trans and tear it down completely in order to replace the lever! Ouch!!
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