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Changing the transmission cooling lines on my 2000 Grand Am GT. Is it totally necessary to pull the pan and fully drain the transmission?

Just wondering what will happen if I don't.

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Nothing will happen. Removing the pan is to change the filter and get more fresh oil in the system . Look at the color of the fluid red is new brown is replace me soon in 10k or so black is yesterday or replace trans in 10k or less.

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