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Old 07-08-2010, 10:05 PM
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What's the best way to change transmission fluid? I don't see a drain plug!
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Just drop the pan, make sure the tranny is cool though or you will learn a very valuable life lesson...
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Well first off if you dont know what your doing go spend the 100 bucks! Then let a mechanic do it... it is a chrysler trans you put the wrong fluid in it or overfill it, its gonna cost you. and i have seen many numbnuts that do it themselves and over torque the bolts that hold the pan in place and seal it to the trans, it is very easy to strip them threads on the transmission so be careful if your doing it yourself!
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Well first off if you dont know what your doing go spend the 100 bucks! Then let a mechanic do it... it is a chrysler trans you put the wrong fluid in it or overfill it, its gonna cost you. and i have seen many numbnuts that do it themselves and over torque the bolts that hold the pan in place and seal it to the trans, it is very easy to strip them threads on the transmission so be careful if your doing it yourself!
I don't have an extra 100 bucks and I'm not retarded. The reason I asked is so I can do it correctly. Part of the reason I wanted to know is because the previous owner has it overfilled and it slips when shifting.
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Just drop the pan, make sure the tranny is cool though or you will learn a very valuable life lesson...
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Anyone ever use a drill pump and pulled the fluid out the dipstick hole?
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I wouldn't use a drill pump . Drop the pan so you can see if theres any metal , clutch or other debris in there .
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I wouldn't use a drill pump . Drop the pan so you can see if theres any metal , clutch or other debris in there .
I agree, pull the pan. If you have the trans I think you do, then you have a reuseable gasket with standoffs built in so resealing shouldnt be an issue.
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I don't know if you've already done the fluid swap but here's some advice.

There is no "clean easy" way to do it. If you have the luxury of a lift and a shop style drainpan it is "easier".

Set your drain pan under one corner so that as much of the pan as you can get goes under as much of the tranny pan as you can. Remove the bolts from the corner and 3 or so on either side of the corner that is over the drain pan.

Now start loosening, but do not remove the bolts going around the tranny pan. Do not get carried away. After you've loosened 3 or more bolts beyond those you've removed, it should start to seep at the corner. If it doesn't you can try loosening some more bolts, but likely its stuck so you may have to help it a little.

Do NOT pry on it.

You are trying to get it to drain as much fluid from that corner as possible. Do not remove to many bolts because all the weight in one corner and no bolts can cause the pan to bend, not a good thing.

I think you get the idea.

One more thing, spend the 20 bucks and get a Chiltons or some other quality manual.
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