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How to change trans. fluid and filter in a 2000 mitsu. mirage 1.8?

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First you need to get a pair of safety glasses to protect eyes from cleaner. then you need 12.6 pts or 6.5 to 7 quarts of transmission fluid+ filter.you also need a drain pan to catch transmission fluid.you need a 3/8 ratchette and socket set.you need some paper towel and maybe1 or 2 cans of brake cleaner.now you want to safely raise and support car on jack stands.make sure you are on solid level ground.put drain pan under transmission to catch fluid.take ratchette wrench start removing tranny pan front and side bolts.loosen rear bolts one turn let the pan drain.when all tranny fluid drain out of pan. then remove pan clean it good with brake cleaner.remove all traces of old gasket. from pan then dry with paper towel..then you remove tranny filter.becareful not to damage anythingthen put in your new tranny filter then.wipe and carefully clean around gasket area on transmission with paper towel.make sure there is no traces of olds gasket material on tranny area where tranny pan gasket seals.now get new gasket align its with tranny pan holes.you might want to buy a gasket adhesive.just put on some to hold gasket in place when you install it to transmission.besure to clean all tranny pan bolts real good with brake cleaner. then dry them off real good.because some transmission you have to put a little rtv sealant on bolts.to keep them from leaking.now once you get bolt holesand gasket on transmission pan line up.all tranny pans bolts with a little rtv silicone on threads and on bolts head where they meet the pan.then you transmission pan in place.make sure gasket and bolt holes line up.when putting bolts in dont tighten them until you get them all in first.when all bolts are in.then you tighten criss cross dont over tighten them. torque them to 90 inch pounds .when all is done .starting putting tranny fluid in.and check for leaks.start the engine up let it idle for few minutes if you see no leaks lower car down to ground.then move transmission gear selector through each range and back to park.make sure tranny fluid level correct before driving car. WARNING IF YOUR CAR DONT HAVE THE TRANSMISSION DIP STICK.AND HAVE A FILL CAP INSTEAD THE DEALERSHIP HAS TO CHANGE FLUID.BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO RAISE CAR ON LIFT TO CHECK FLUID LEVEL.BECAUSE CAR HAS TO BE RAISE UP LEVEL THEN A DRIP PLUG IS MOVED TO CHECK TRANNY FLUID LEVEL.

Posted on Jul 19, 2009

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THIS CAR HAS THE FILTER ON THE TOP OF THE TRANSMISSION. IT LOOKS JUST LIKE AN OIL FILTER. YOU NEED A 6 POINT WRENCH OF THE SIZE 15/16ths. REMOVE THE DRAIN PLUG, 8-10 QUARTS COME OUT DEPENDING IF YOU RUN THE TRANSMISSION THROUGH THE GEARS OR NOT, WITH THE CAR OFF. THEN REMOVE THE FILTER. IT NEVER HAD MORE THAN A LITTLE TRANSMISSION FLUID IN IT WHEN I TOOK IT OFF. EXPERTS SAY CHANGE WHNE HOT. I SAY EITHER WAY HOT OR COOLED DOWN. NOT COLD. THAT WAY YOU CAN REMOVE MOST THE CONTAMINANTS AND NOT GET A BIG MESS OVER THE TOP OF YOUR TRANSMISSION..

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In almost every vehicle found on the road in this country today the transmission filter is located inside the transmission. Changing the filter is usually done at the same time as changing the fluid, since in most cases the only way to do either is by removing the fluid pan which is bolted to the bottom of the transmission. This is obviously a messy and time consuming job, which is why most shops will charge an hour and a half labor for it, as opposed to just a half hours labor for a simple oil change. Occasionally there are vehicles which use a spin-on type filter, much like an oil filter, which can be found near the side or bottom of the transmission. In these cases, the fluid is usually drained from a fill plug just like the one found on the vehicle's oil pan. Note: most cars do not have this option. Usually after the filter is replaced (it is found just above the pan) the gasket is replaced, using a small amount of RTV gasket compound along with it, and the pan is installed. It is not uncommon to find a silver dollar sized magnet located in the bottom of the pan. Don't be alarmed, this is put there by the factory to pick up any excess metal shavings or iron particles, and should be cleaned and replaced in the pan. Once everything is installed, the fluid is then usually added (amount varies based on the vehicle) through the dipstick tube using a small narrow funnel

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  • stantall Sep 08, 2011

    I know this is old, but neither of these guys know what they are talking about. They are giving general terms for automobiles in a whole. the question was about A MITSUBISHI MIRAGE 2000, the answer for THAT VEHICLE follows. This car has NO drain plug on it, so you will need to loosen the pan bolts after raising the vehicle and allow for the fluid to drain into a suitable container/pan. After the fluid has drained you will need to remove the filter which is located on TOP of the transmission, it looks like an oil filter. Unscrew this filter either by hand or using a wrench and replace with a new one. Be sure to lubricate the gasket on the filter with a little transmission fluid. The next step is to replace the pan gasket from the bottom side of the transmission and tighten bolts to spec. I personally would recommend to use a quart of Lucas transmission addittive if your vehicle has high mileage, then fill with 4-5 quarts of DEX/MERC fluid. You are finished!

  • Edward Zawislak Jul 31, 2013

    YOU DONT KNOW WHAT YOUR TALKING ABOUT EITHER.

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