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Transmission filter Do you reccomend an in-line transmission filter for the sx4. If so which line would it install in and what diameter is the line. Also which filter would you prefer. Thank You Jim

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Hi There, I do not recommend a in line filter. Those transmission put out over 200 psi. They take special tranny fliud, very expenses. I work on them, Don

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Try this:

It's bigger than most of those "cigar ****" inline filters, has a magnet to catch small ferrous particles that conventional media cannot stop (like that which occurs via normal wear from your A/T clutch packs). If you are like some people I've seen who cut one open post-use to see what the magnet picks up, do not place the magnet near your television or monitor or any hard drives.

As well, it has a spring-loaded bypass valve should the media become clogged. As well, the odds of any filter completely plugging the flow of ATF in an A/T is nil. Think about it. The pump in your TC has to build up a pressure of over 100 psi in most of its fluid power circuits to make things work. If enough garbage comes out of your A/T to completely stop up a filter of this size, you will have bigger problems than just a simple lack of filtration coupled with restricted ATF return flow to the A/T sump.

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I have always been a little leary of in-line filters for something like the transmission. The reason for this, however remote the possibility is, is that if that filter should for some reason become plugged, then it completely cuts off the flow of transmission fluid. While anything floating around in your transmission fluid in such an extent as to be able to plug an in-line filter is bad, blocking off transmission fluid it just as bad if not worse.

The better option, in my opinion, is to use a regular oil filter. You can buy remote oil filter mounts from just about any auto parts dealer. Find a suitable mounting place for it, plumb it into the transmission fluid lines (output of tranny to input of remote filter mount, output of remote filter mount back to the tranny or tranny cooler then from the cooler back to the tranny) and spin on a regular oil filter. I wont get into the debates of which filter is better because it is a hotly contested subject, but I would just use the best filter you can.

An oil filter plumbed into the transmission fluid is going to filter far better than what an inline filter can, it will hold more fluid, has more dirt holding capacity and the biggie, most oil filters have a by-pass mechanism. That is to say that if they get so loaded up with dirt that fluid cannot pass through the filter, they have a pressure relief spring in them that will activate and force the fluid by the filter which means if it gets clogged it will still flow transmission fluid.

Hope this helps out.

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