Once you've drained the transaxle by removing drain plug, re-install drain plug and torque to mfg. specs. To fill transaxle, you need a 5/8" square drive attached to a 9" extension, breaker bar or ratchet. Raise vehicle on hoist, or jack up and secure with jackstands. The fill plug is located above and slightly to the right of the location where the passenger side c.v. halfshaft enters the transaxle. Remove fill plug. Using a fluid exchange tool available at your local parts store, fill with automatic transmission/transaxle fluid available only from a Suzuki dealership, (part# ESSO LT 71141) until fluid starts to run out of fill hole, then replace fill plug, and torque to manufacturer specifications. I'm a former Suzuki technician. I hope this was helpful.
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If it was me Id just get as much out as you can and go from there,not a hole lot in torque con. and you might be getting into something you don't want to,draining the trans will be enough to get your fluid back into good quality and changing filter,and with every trans change I put a pint of lucas with the change! good stuff!
Transmission fluid should be checked with the engine warmed up and running in Park. The dipstick is always near the back of the engine bay, and is VERY long when you pull it out. Transmission fluid should be red. It should not be brown. Changing transmission fluid is much more difficult than changing engine oil. Engine oil can be changed by removing a plug and draining it out. Transmission oil can only be changed by removing brackets, removing the pan (think of a shallow oven pan bolted to the bottom of the transmission) and letting all the fluid drain out. A transmission fluid change should ALWAYS include a new filter and gasket as well. This is one best left to a shop with the proper tools.
This transmission doesn't have transmission dipstick to check the oil, this is a 'sealed" transmission which uses WS (world standard) transmission fluid, toyota claims this fluid never needs servicing but most dealers recommend changing the fluid at 100,000 miles, I myself own an 07 and changed the fluid at 60,000. Changing the fluid requires some special equipment and procedure so it's best left to the toyota dealer on this one.
usually there is not a drain plug. If you are changing fluid, consider a lube shop with a T-Tech style flush machine. This machine pushes in new fluid while removing old fluid. MUCH more complete as it gets torque converter, cooling lines, passageways, and trans cooler. you simply cannot drain all of those areas without this methodology. Also change the trans filter, it is inside the pan.
Transmission fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles, or more frequently if the vehicle is used for towing or carrying heavy loads.
When replacing the transmission fluid, first the mechanic drives the vehicle to get the fluid warm and then removes the drain plug at the bottom of the transmission (if applicable), or removes the transmission pan allowing the fluid to drain.
The transmission is then filled with fresh fluid, and the engine is started. With the engine running and the transmission in "Park," the mechanic checks the level of the transmission fluid on the dipstick. Then the vehicle is driven once more, and the fluid level rechecked; if needed, more fluid is added.
Using the wrong automatic transmission fluid may invalidate the manufacturer's warranty and affect the shift characteristics of the transmission. Consult the owner's manual for information on the kind of fluid to use.
Many automatic transmissions have a filter that can be replaced when changing the transmission fluid. Changing this filter may allow a closer examination of the fluid for debris, which may be a sign that the transmission is about to fail.
Manual or automatic? If it is automatic it should have a dipstick (like the oil dipstick) that will let you check it. It will most likely be red and if I remember correctly on the passenger side of the car. If it is a manual checking your transmission isn't so easy. I've heard it said that your transmission fluid is supposed to be changed every 50,000 miles or so but if it is still red and you're not having problems with it you should leave it alone (in my experience changing it a lot of times will just cause problems). If it is manual the transmission has two plugs on the side of the transmission (passenger side if I remember correctly). They both have a square insert in the middle of them that is the perfect size for the end of a regular size socket wrench. The plug on top is the "fill plug" and the one below is the "drain plug". First you remove the drain plug and let the fluid drain completely and be sure to clean the plug before putting back in. It should be magnetic to collect metal shavings that have ground up in the transmission. Once the transmission has been drained and the drain plug inserted back in. Remove the "fill plug" and use a fluid transfer pump to pump the new transmission fluid from your container up into your transmission. When fluid starts to overflow from the fill plug you know the transmission is full and you can now put the fill plug back in. Be sure to be clean and check for any leaks around the transmission. Hope this helps. Be sure to let me know how it goes and if you need some more help. I probably made the process of changing your transmission fluid seem complicated but it really isn't so don't worry. Good luck!
The transmission fill plug is located on the backside of the tranny. (Down by the driver side cv shaft) You must fill it at that point. I have read that the tranny fluid must be bought from the Suzuki Dealer, but I am still looking into that? You should be able to add fluid into that hole until it starts to slowly run back out. Then it is filled to the right amount. ( A lot like a manual trans.) These cars are a money pit. Nice when they are running though. 2004 Suzuki Forenza