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Need to know how to change the transmission fluid and filter

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Please follow the detailed steps provided below carefully;

STEP 1 Jack up the front of the car and put jack stands under it for your safety or use car ramps.

STEP 2 Lay down under the car looking at the transmission pan,you should see about 12-17 bolts,these bolts should be 10mm in diameter.

STEP 3 Have a drain pan that will hold a gallon or two of fluid ready,taking out the back bolts put the drain pan under the tranmission pan and start loosening the bolts along both sides,the fluid should start leaking out.

STEP 4. You can control how fast the fluid comes out by loosening the remainder bolts.when the fluid is just a drip push up on the transmission pan and remove the rest of the bolts.

STEP 5. Carefully lower the transmission pan and empty the remaining fluid into the pan,clean out the transmission pan and scrape off any of the fluid in the old gasket.

STEP 6 Ensure to replace the transmission filter and the gasket.

Have a nice day..

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The transmission on the 02 Grand am was actually meant to be "sealed for life", meaning that the fluid in the transmission should last the life of the vehicle. Now some people may argue against this and I certainly understand their point of view, but Pontiac built it to stay sealed, and in some cases you can actually end up damaging the transmission by changing out this fluid (once again, many people argue against this). If you are just doing this change as a regular maintenance then I applaud you for it, but I would recommend you don't actually open it up unless you suspect there is an issue inside. Those transmissions are fairly bomb proof. I've had several of them and put over 200,000 km on them without any problem, or changing any fluid.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010


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