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Want to change the fluid and filter on my automatic transmission. Have ran into trouble removing the transmission pan. A bracket and a cross piece of the exhaust are blocking the removal. Will I have to remove the exhaust to remove the pan?

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Depends on what year and model.Best thing to do is to loosen all bolts and let fluid drain as much as possible,dont need the pan completely removed to do this job.Also best to buy a aftermarket drain plug kit and install before replacing pan.

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  • To change the pan gasket/filter
  1. Jack the car up a bit.
  2. Get a big drain pan.
  3. Remove the bolts to the transmission pan.
  4. Now you will see a little bracket holding the filter. Go ahead and remove the screws holding it in place.
  5. Now remove the bracket.
  6. Now pull the filter strait down. This will release a bit of fluid so be prepared for that.
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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.
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  5. Install the catalytic converter.
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  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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How do you service automatic transmission? change trans. fluid?


remove the transmission oil pan bolts,leave one corner tight untill your ready to lower pan and drain fluid into oil catcher pan,then remove remaining bolts and drop pan,
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Need to change the transmission filter how and where is it located


Fluid & Filter Change Under normal service (moderate highway driving excluding excessive hot or cold conditions), the manufacturer feels that automatic transmission fluid should not need periodic changing. However, if a major service is performed to the transmission, if transmission fluid becomes burnt or discolored through severe usage or if the vehicle is subjected to constant stop-and-go driving in hot weather, trailer towing, long periods of highway use at high speeds, fluid should be changed to prevent transmission damage. A preventive maintenance change is therefore recommended for most vehicles at least every 90,000 miles (145,000 km).
Although not a required service, transmission fluid changing can help assure a trouble-free transmission. Likewise, changing the transmission filter at this time is also added insurance.
  1. Raise the car and support it securely on jackstands.
The torque converters on some transmissions are equipped with drain plugs. Because it may take some time to drain the fluid from the converter, you may wish to follow that procedure at this time, then come back to the pan and filter removal.

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Before removing the transmission fluid pan, insure that the area is clean of dirt and debris

2. Place a large drain pan under the transmission.

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Loosen all of the pan attaching bolts to within a few turns of complete removal


  1. Loosen all of the pan attaching bolts to within a few turns of complete removal, then carefully break the gasket seal allowing most of the fluid to drain over the edge of the pan.
CAUTION DO NOT force the pan while breaking the gasket seal. DO NOT allow the pan flange to become bent or otherwise damaged.

  1. When fluid has drained to the level of the pan flange, remove the pan bolts and carefully lower the pan doing your best to drain the rest of the fluid into the drain pan.ea833e6.gif


Once the pan is removed, discard the old gasket and insure that the mating surfaces are clean

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Inspect this magnet inside of the pan for any large pieces of debris. A light gray coating is normal

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Clean the pan thoroughly with a safe solvent and allow it to air dry

5. Clean the transmission oil pan thoroughly using a safe solvent, then allow it to air dry. DO NOT use a cloth to dry the pan which might leave behind bits of lint. Discard the old pan gasket.

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The transmission filter is secured by a mounting bolt (arrow). Some models may use two bolts

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Remove the filter mounting bolt ...


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... then pull the filter free from the transmission

6. If necessary, remove the Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) filter mounting bolts, then remove the filter by pulling it down and off of the valve body. Make sure any gaskets or seals are removed with the old filter. The transmission usually has one round seal and a rectangular gasket.

7. Install the new oil filter screen making sure all gaskets or seals are in place, then secure using the retaining screws, if applicable.

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Install a new pan gasket


8. Place a new gasket on the fluid pan, then install the pan to the transmission. Tighten the attaching bolts to 71-119 inch lbs. (8-13 Nm).

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Fill the transmission with the proper amount of ATF

9. Add three quarts (six quarts if the torque converter was drained) of fluid to the transmission through the filler tube.
10. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
11. Start the engine and move the gear selector through all gears in the shift pattern. Allow the engine to reach normal operating temperature.
12. Check the transmission fluid level. Add fluid, as necessary, to obtain the correct level.

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1. With vehicle on level surface, apply parking brake and let engine run at curb idle. Move selector lever through all ranges, ending in "PARK". Remove dipstick and wipe clean, reinstall, then remove again and check fluid level mark on dipstick. Fluid level should check between "ADD 1 PT." and "FULL HOT" marks on dipstick.
RECOMMENDED FLUID Use only Dexron II or equivalent automatic transmission fluid.
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So let's get started... 1. With vehicle raised and drain pan placed under transmission, remove front and side transmission oil pan bolts. Loosen rear pan bolts approximately 4 turns each.
2. Carefully pry pan loose with screwdriver, allowing fluid to drain. Remove remaining bolts and oil pan with gasket. Remove screen/filter-to-valve body bolts and remove screen/filter with gasket.
3. Thoroughly clean pan and screen with solvent and dry with compressed air. Paper type filters should be replaced. Install new gasket or "O" rings, lubricated with clean oil, into screen/filter assembly.
4. Install screen/filter assembly to transmission. Use new pan gasket and install pan. Add proper amount of fluid to transmission through filler tube.
5. Start engine with shift selector lever in "PARK" position and with parking brake set. Check fluid level and add as required. CAUTION: DO NOT overfill.

Best of luck :)

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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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