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How do you drain the transmission fluid? I can't find a plug. do you have to remove the whole pan?

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You have to remove the pan, but thats ok because to replace the filter it has to come off anyhow

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When changing the trans fluid on my 2004 Avalanche, I understand that you have to disconnect the trans lines from the radiator and run the engine until the fluid stops flowing. Is this correct? If so, do...


I didn't read about running the engine at all during the transmission fluid change. --- Removal & Installation 4L60E/4L65E To Remove:
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2. Place a drain pan under the transmission.
  3. If equipped with a drain plug, drain the transmission fluid.
  4. If necessary, remove the bolts and position aside the range selector cable bracket for clearance while lowering the pan. It is not necessary to remove the cable from the lever or bracket.
  5. Remove the catalytic converter.
  6. Remove the oil pan bolts from the front and sides of the pan only.
  7. Loosen the rear oil pan mounting bolts about 4 turns.
  8. Lightly tap the oil pan with a rubber mallet in order to loosen the pan and allow the fluid to drain.
  9. Remove the remaining oil pan bolts.
  10. Remove the oil pan and the gasket.
  11. Remove the filter by twisting and pulling on it.
  12. Remove and discard the filter seal. The filter seal may be stuck in the pump; if necessary, carefully use pliers or another suitable tool to remove the seal.
  13. Clean the transmission and the oil pan sealing surfaces with solvent, and air dry. You must remove all traces of the old gasket material.
To Install:
  1. Coat the new filter seal with transmission fluid.
  2. Install the new filter seal into the transmission case. Tap the seal into place using a suitable size socket.
  3. Install the new filter.
  4. Install the oil pan and new gasket. Tighten the bolts alternately and evenly to 97 lb in (11 Nm).
  5. Install the catalytic converter.
  6. If previously removed, install the range selector cable bracket and bolts. Tighten the bolts to 18 lb ft (25 Nm).
  7. Apply a small amount of sealant GM P/N 12346004 (Canadian P/N 10953480), or equivalent to the threads of the oil pan drain plug, if equipped.
  8. Install the oil pan drain plug, if equipped. Tighten the plug to 13 lb ft (18 Nm).
  9. Lower the vehicle.
  10. Fill the transmission to the proper level with DEXRON® III transmission fluid.
  11. Check the COLD fluid level reading for initial fill only.
  12. Inspect the oil pan gasket for leaks.
4L80E/4L85E To Remove:
  1. Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
  2. Place a drain pan under the transmission oil pan. Drain the transmission fluid and install the plug. Tighten the drain plug to 13 lb ft (18 Nm).
  3. Support the transmission with a transmission jack.
  4. Remove the transmission crossmember.
  5. Disconnect the range selector cable end from the transmission range selector lever ball stud. NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the selector cable from the bracket.
  6. Remove the transmission range selector cable bracket. Reposition the bracket and cable.
  7. Remove the oil pan bolts. NOTE: The transmission oil pan gasket is reusable. Replace as needed.
  8. Remove the oil pan and gasket.
  9. Remove the magnet from the bottom of the pan, if necessary.
  10. Remove the oil filter and neck seal.
To Install:
  1. Clean the transmission and the oil pan sealing surfaces with solvent.
  2. Install the filter neck seal and filter.
  3. Install the oil pan gasket to the pan.
  4. Install the magnet into the bottom of the pan, if necessary.
  5. Install the oil pan and bolts. Tighten the oil pan bolts to 18 lb ft (24 Nm).
  6. Install the transmission range selector cable bracket. Tighten the bolts to 18 lb ft (25 Nm).
  7. Connect the range selector cable end to the transmission range selector lever ball stud.
  8. Install the transmission crossmember. Tighten the fasteners to 70 lb ft (95 Nm).
  9. Install the transmission mount nuts. Tighten the nuts to 30 lb ft (40 Nm).
  10. Remove the transmission jack.
  11. Lower the vehicle.
  12. Fill the transmission to the proper level with DEXRON® III transmission fluid.
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Is the Transmission sealed, can not change the filter and fluid? Where is the radiator, is it also sealed, can water only be put in the overflow?


The transmission is not sealed in the v8 I looked up. It's bolted together. prev.gif next.gif Fluid Pan Removal & Installation To Remove:
  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions in the beginning of this section
  2. Raise and support the vehicle
  3. Place a drain pan under the transmission fluid pan
  4. Remove or disconnect the following:
    • Drain plug and drain the fluid
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    • Transmission fluid filter
    • Clean and inspect the transmission fluid pan and magnet
    • Converter housing access plug
    • Converter drain plug
To Install:
NOTE: A new converter drain plug must be used to prevent leakage.
  1. Install or connect the following:
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    • Install the converter housing access plug
  2. Lubricate the seals and install the transmission fluid filter. Torque the bolts to 89 in-lbs (10 Nm)
  3. Install the oil pan magnet in the transmission fluid pan NOTE: The transmission fluid pan gasket is reusable, clean and inspect for damage; if not damaged, the gasket should be reused.
  4. Install the transmission fluid pan and gasket and loosely install the screws.
  5. Using a crisscross sequence, torque the screws to 8 ft-lbs (11 Nm)
  6. Install the shifter cable bracket. Torque bolts to 18 ft-lbs (25 Nm)
  7. Install the drain plug. Torque to 19 ft-lbs (26 Nm) NOTE: It will be necessary to hold the drain plug (larger plug) with a wrench when removing the fluid level indicator plug.
    NOTE: Use 3/16 inch Allen key to remove the fluid level indicator plug. Remove the fluid level indicator plug.
  8. Verify the transmission fluid level
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2003 Dodge Stratus


no drain plug, no car or truck has had a drain plug for decades, reason? they want the filter changed with the fluid, so they make you pull the trans pan to drain the fluid, one very messy job.

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