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Simple but messy operation. Have to remove transmission pan bolts to allow old fluid to drain out. Filter will just pull out. Just notice orientation when removing. A good alternative is to go to a quick lube shop and have them do a flush. You won't have to change the filter and this way you can replace all the fluid. If you change the filter you will only be able to change 4 to 5 quarts.

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Draining

  1. With the vehicle in NEUTRAL position it on a hoist.

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  3. Inside the pan should be a small magnet. Inspect the oil pan magnet for small bits of steel. The factory places the magnet here to trap stray metal particles. Excessive amounts of steel shavings indicate internal transmission damage. A small amount of sediment in the pan is normal as the friction elements wear.
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