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15 quarts is total capacity of transmission, toprque converter, lines and the cooling reservoir. What you would have to add if a new transmission was being installed.
8 quarts is the capacity if you were to drain the transmission on the car, like if you were doing a flush and refill, you take the lower transm. pan off and let all fluid drain, you will only get about 8 quarts.
Hello trader121: My name is Roger and I will help you. You did not say which motor was in your car. So if you have a v-6 engine with a automatic transmission it will hold 9.1 qts. If you have a standard transmission it will hold 8.9 qts. Should your car have a 4 cyl.DOHC engine then the following will work. With automatic transmission 7.5 qts. With standard transmission 7.0 qts. All capacities are based on a completely empty coolant system.
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The capacity specifications are if the transmission is totally empty, and here's the clincher for us average types: including the torque converter and radiator tank.
For us average types, even when doing a transmission fluid / filter change, it does not end up with an empty torque converter.
When you pull the transmission pan for the fluid/filter change, you end up with 4-6 quarts on average. The rest is still up inside the torque converter.
Measure what you drained and start with refilling that amount to put back in to return levels back to normal.
Simply use the dipstick to check level and add as is necessary.
NOTE: This is one of the points of distinction to having the transmission "flushed" - where a professional shop is going to hookup specialized equipment to achieve a full fluid exchange, or you do the flush yourself
You didn't state what size engine you have.
The 2.2 engine----- 6.9 qts.
The 2.3 engine-----7.4 qts.
The 2.4 is 7.4 qts.
The 3.1 is 7.4 qts.
The 3.4 is 6.9 qts.
These are the capacities for refilling after being drained.
If your vehicle has the 5.2 liter,aka 318 cubic inch engine,there is only one transmission model applicable and it is the 42 RE which used to be designated the A500.It is a 4speed overdrive transmission.If installing a rebuilt trans and new remanufactured dry torque convertor.You add 4 quarts initially,then fire the engine and add another 5-6 quarts for a total capacity of 9-10 quarts.Fluid level is checked with the trans in Neutral.If you are only dropping the pan,you will replace roughly 4 quarts.The transfer case fills separately,but uses the same automatic transmission fluid.Capacity for the transfer case is about 2 quarts/fill to the bottom of the fill plug hole.Good luck.