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Flush and drain trans.

I replace the radiator and flushed the system my self.now i saw my trans fluid is milky like and i know it needs changed how should i change it would the hose that goes into radaitor do it if i unplug it?the shop wants 120 to do it i dont have that kind on money and the kids have games tomm please help.

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If your drained and flush the rad then leave it alown. it should look new b/c it was just changed Right ?

the transmission fluid on a front wheel drive engine has a drain plug with a Hex socket. (you need the right tool for this job). YOU also need a bucket or somthing with at lest 10L capacitiy to catch the fluid.
*** Draining ANY car fluid into the sewer system is illegal. you can and will be found. you must disposove of used fluid at your local fire department or if your lucky a local auto motive shop.***

Make sure open both the fill and drain plugs to speeds up the process. also remove the drip stick. after you have drained all (or as much as you care) of the fluid reinstall the drain plug. then with the propour auto trany fluid (most likly DEXTRON 3) Fill up the transion to capacity or till it starts to flow out. when/if it flows out wait till it stops and then install the fill plug. ***NOTE loose BAD tight GOOD***

Clean and install dip stick, turn on car and run for 5 min at IDLE. cheak level of fluid and add more if needed. Road test car softly then harder (with in the law) and make sure everyhting is normal. recheack fluid level and add more if needed.

Should take less then 1 hour and $30 - $50 for parts and fluid.

Your not done yet. After all is said and done look at your trany fluid. if it is milky is it becuase it's old (brown dark red colour). If there are abnormal colurs something might be going wrong with your trany. Put a cloth in the old trany fluid and stir it around for a second. let most of the fluid drain back into the bucket and not on the floor. take it under a light and inspect.

-Black partices mean failing friction clutch plates.
-Shiny particels mean failing planetary grear set and metal clutch plates.

If you notice this you need a new trany and soon.
if you notice nothing then your in the clear.
- if you see a small amount then be wise and monitor your trany closely. do not let it over heat do not idle for extream amounts of time do not tow anyhting out of your rang capity and NEVER tow in O/D mode. (this will end your tranys life, i've seen it)

Posted on May 29, 2009

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"i dont have that kind on money and the kids have games tomm", what does this have to do with your question? anyway just pull the lower radaitor hose off, that is the quickest way to get most of the coolant out of the engine and the radiator, then refill with water and repeat this drain out, after 2nd drainning refill with 50/50 mix extende life coolant, U will need 2 gallons, about $20 at Kragen or Autozone, Autozone maybe less, think it is on sale, about $15.

Posted on May 29, 2009

  • richard raffo Aug 30, 2012

    thanks guys how much fluid in transmion ?? how much fluild does the transmion take??

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    yadayada Aug 30, 2012

    Are you just dropping the pan and replacing the filter or is this a full teardown ans rebuild? If just a service then add 3 quarts ATF+4 and run engine until it is hot and the fluid is hot to the touch, then top off the transmission fluid.

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