Hope someone can give me advice on this. I'm not sure if it's appropriate to add oil or fluid to the fluid head on this tripod, or if it is appropriate, what type I should use.
If I put any tension on the pan control, the head feels like it's scraping or crunching against something when the head rotates. It's not fluid EXCEPT when the tension is all the way off.
This problem doesn't exist for the tilt control--it is fluid even with the tension on.
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I would first suggest taking it to someone who works on transmissions as it requires removing the filter pan on the bottom of the transmission. If you have had the car since new and never changed the fluid or don't know the last time it was serviced the best advice I can give you is to take it to a reputable mechanic or transmission repair shop and have them service the transmission. When you only change the fluid that comes out of the pan and filter you are only changing about 30% to 40% of the fluid the rest is in the torque converter which needs to be drained as well. Then there is the problem of disposing of the fluid if you do it yourself. It can be difficult to find someone to take the oil. If you decide to do it yourself it will also require a jack to lift the car, jack stands to hold the car up. NEVER EVER work under a car held up by the jack alone. This is the biggest reason I suggest letting someone else do this for you.
In the Civic the Transmission Filter is located inside the transmission, you must remove the bottom pan of the transmission, the filter is just below the Valve body, remove all the bolts from the pan and with a large catch pan under the pan gently pry the pan down, it is very messy as there is no drain plug, install the new filter element and then clean off all the old gasket on the transmission pan and the transmission, reinstall the pan with the bolts just finger tight, then evenly tighten the pan bolts down to about 12 foot pounds, add about 1.5 quarts of the correct ATF type fluid and run the car at idle until the transmission is hot, then top off the transmission fluid level, DO NOT OVERFILL.
TO DO A TRANSMISSION FLUID CHANGE YOU NEED HAVE TRANSMISSION FLUID ON HAND YOU NEED TRANSMISSION FILTER AND GASKET.YOU NEED 3/8 WRENCH THE RATCHET TYPE WITH METRIC SOCKETS. YOU NEED JACK TO RAISE VECHICLE SUPPORT VECHICLE ON JACK STANDS.YOU NEED A DRAIN PAN. ONCE YOU GET VECHICLE OFF GROUND.PLACE DRAIN PAN UNDER TRANSMISSION OIL PAN REMOVE OIL PAN DRAIN BOLT.LET FLUID DRAIN OUT IN DRAIN PAN THEN SCREW DRAIN PLUG BACK IN PLACE DONT OVER TIGHTEN.REMOVE OIL PAN AND GASKET. BESURE TO HAVE PAPER TOWEL ON HAND.MAKE SURE TRANSMISSION OIL PAN GASKET SURFACE CLEAN BEFORE INSTALLING NEW PAN GASKET. ONCE TRANSMISSION OIL PAN REMOVED. REMOVE THE OLD TRANSMISSION FILTER INSTALL THE NEW FILTER.THEN WITH NEW GASKET ON OIL PAN IN PLACE.OIL PAN NEED TO BE CLEAN SO THE GASKET ADHESIVE WILL HOLD PAN GASKET IN PLACE WHILE INSTALLING PAN AND GASKET TO TRANSMISSION.INSTALL OIL PAN BOLTS INSTALL THEM CRISS CROSS TORQUE PAN BOLTS TO 7 TO 10 FT LBS. LOOK IN OWNERS MANUAL FOR TRANSMISSION FLUID CAPACITY.BUY 10 QUARTS .TO BE ON SAFE SIDE SO YOU WILL HAVE ENOUGH FLUID ON HAND. IF YOU DONT HAVE NO TRANSMISSION FLUID CAPACITY. ADD 7.5 QUARTS FLUID.WAIT FOR 2 MINUTES.CHECK TRANSMISSION FLUID LEVEL ON DIP STICK. SHOULD BE ON THE FULL MARK.CRANK VECHICLE UP.LET IDLE FEW MINUTES CHECK TRANSMISSION DIP FLUID LEVEL IF DROPPED ADD LITTLE MORE.WHILE ENGINE IDLING GETTING WARM UP. KEEP EYE ON FLUID LEVEL.WHEN FLUID LEVEL STOP DROPPING. APPLY BRAKES HOLD FOOT ON BRAKES SHIFT THROUGH ALL GEARS TWO TIMES. THEN CHECK FLUID LEVEL SHOULD BE ON FULL MARK.CHECK FOR LEAKS WHILE ENGINE RUNNING.
There is not a nut on the transmission oil pan like what you find on an oil pan. You can either take your Van to a auto service department and get a super transmission flush (about $60-$80) which I do not recommend, as they do not change out the filter or gasket. OR:
Remove the 10-mm bolts on the pan, and change the fluid, filter and gasket yourself. Be careful as that pan is filled with fluid and will drop and splash quickly. I use a large drip pan to catch all the fluid. Add fluid slowly using a funnel, poured into the tube where the dip stick is in. When it is surely on the dip stick, I start the engine and let is circulate a few minutes. Then check the level and add more. When the engine is at normal operating temperature, I aim for near that top notch on the dip stick. Do NOT Overfill!
41TE (4-speed) has 9.1 quarts. 31TH (3-speed) has 8.5 quarts.
Make sure you clean both the pan, and pan-to-gasket area.(I use acetone) as well as the gasket-to-transmission area before installing the new gasket.
Tighten the pan bolts to 15 ft-lbs.
Filter to valve body srews (if equipped) 45 in-lbs.
Good Luck and let me know if this helped!
Not other then having a oil pan large enough to hold the transmission oil that's going to drain from the transmission.
Drain the Transmission Fluid and Replace the Filter
Raise, support and level the buick on jack stands or ramps. Place a drain
pan that can hold at least 4 quarts of fluid beneath the transmission.
Employ a socket wrench to remove the retaining bolts on the fluid
pan, except for the two on either end. Loosen the two bolts on the
lower end of the pan. Gently pull down on the edge of the pan so that
it separates from the transmission case. Let the fluid drain. You may
need to tap the pan with a rubber hammer to separate the pan from the
Remove the last four bolts and the pan when the fluid finishes
draining. Loosen the bolts a little at a time, allowing the remaining
fluid to drain. Clean the pan and the magnet inside.
Scrape the old sealant from the pan flange with an appropriate
scraping tool. Do the same on the mating surface of the transmission
Remove the filter, Look for the filter and the O ring between the filter and valve body and remove it.
Install the new transmission fluid filter and gasket. Place the new gasket on the mounting flange
of the fluid pan. Replace the fluid pan on the transmission and tighten
the bolts to 165 inch pounds with a torque wrench. Return the Buick to
Replace the New Transmission Fluid
Pour 4 quarts of ATF fluid into the filler tube
using a funnel. Start the engine and let it idle for a minute or two.
Apply the parking brake and the service brake. Move the gear selector
through the gears and stop at "Park" or "Neutral.
Add enough fluid to bring the level to 1/8 inch below the "Add"
indicator, if needed. Let the van run for another 10 to 20 minutes to
allow the engine and transmission to reach a normal operating
Check the fluid level again to ensure it reached the "Hot"
indicator on the dipstick. Add more fluid if needed and replace the
dipstick in the filler tube. Turn off the engine.
Good luck and hope this helps.
First remove the transmission oil pan remove the bolts that hold it on, next remove the filter and remove the gasket. Use 3M weather stripping glue to glue new gasket to the pan, (N0t the Transmission) remove the screw holding the filter on and remove it, if it’s plugged you will get fluid on you so have a piece of cardboard under you to catch as much as you can. Replace filter be sure to install new o ring and put a slight amount of fluid on the o ring to get it to slide back in place and seal replace bolt holding the screen back on. Reinstall pan bolts tightening from left to right just get the bolts snug then tork them from left to right and front to rear working from the center going out to the ends. Once it's tight add 5 quarts of transmission fluid to the filler tube, now disconnect the transmission cooler line from the radiator and put a big pan under the connections, start the car and et it run for a couple of minutes shut off and check oil level add more fluid and do the same, if the fluid won't come out wile running put brake on and put in gear, it will pump out a quart every thirty seconds so run for anther minute and a half, once the fluid is read and the transmission is low enough to add more then retook line to radiator, add one quart of Lucas trans mission oil conditioner then top off with fluid to the full make with car running and level in park. Top off to full make. You should notice a big difference if smooth shifting and better performance and fuel mileage. Use Dexron III transmission fluid. Please rate, as this is all I ask for free information. Buying a book would cost you $24.00 so when you rate that’s your thanks to me for my time. If you need more assistance post here and I will help you more if I can.
That's not good.
The best advice I can give you is drain the transmission fluid and remove the tranny filter(requires removal of transmission pan), flush several quarts of tranny fluid through with the pan removed to grab any residual oil,replace tranny filter with a new one, reinstall pan, re-fill tranny pan with proper oil and add a whole bottle of "Lucas Transmission Stabilizer". The stabilzer works wonders with the slipping, although if you keep driving it the way it is now you will at worst "grenade" your tranny, if you take the steps above you could still get a lot of life out of it provided no serious damage has already been done. Seek a mechanic if you are not familar with the disassembly mentioned above.