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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:05 pm    Post subject:  Tranny fluid and filter change Reply with quote

[/b] Hi,
I just joined the forum and have been reading some of the posts and there is a lot of great information. I am looking for a how-to or step by step to change my tranny fluid and filter on my 05' impala. Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:48 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Not sure if there is a write up but it's pretty straight forward. These trans pans don't have drain plug, unless you bought a aftermarket pan.

Start with the usually...

1. Jack up the front of the car.
2. Use jack stands and jack stands only at the pinch welds begins the front wheel wells.
3. Open the hood and remove the dipstick. (Reminder to fill it back up after your done lmao)
4. Drink your favorite brewski
5. Get under the car and you will see the trans oil pan with alot of bolts holding it on.
6. Start by loosening one end of the pan (about 7 to 9 bolts should be good.)
7. Watch out, fluid will start dripping and pouring on that side so have a bucket or pan ready.
8. Wait until it stop dripping.
9. Loosen up more bolts, and repeat steps 6 through 9 until pan is off.
10. There should be a square magnet on the inside of the pan, take all the metal particles off of it. Shouldn't be any LARGE chunks! Lol
11. Filter will be held on by some bolts, take off and replace.
12. Install is reverse of removal.
13. Swear and drink more beer.

Hope that helps!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:30 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thanks for the info. Will all of the tranny fluid come out this way? Thanks for the quick response. Great forum
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sadly, only 7 quarts will come out by this method. 3 quarts will still be in there, most in the converter. There is another method called flushing, where all the old fluid is flushed out, & new fluid replaces the old. This method does replace all the fluid, but some have had problems with this if they wait too long to do this. Sometimes this frees up burned fluid, & chunks can get free, & block passages in the valve body causing transmission failure. But if it's done when the fluid is still in good shape, no particles are released, as the fluid was never burned. In my case, I had my tech flush my trans without using the detergent that most shops use in the flushing process. Worked for me, as that was a year ago. But there are many threads to read about that on this site. GARY

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:36 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

9C3 wrote:
Sadly, only 7 quarts will come out by this method. 3 quarts will still be in there, most in the converter. There is another method called flushing, where all the old fluid is flushed out, & new fluid replaces the old. This method does replace all the fluid, but some have had problems with this if they wait too long to do this. Sometimes this frees up burned fluid, & chunks can get free, & block passages in the valve body causing transmission failure. But if it's done when the fluid is still in good shape, no particles are released, as the fluid was never burned. In my case, I had my tech flush my trans without using the detergent that most shops use in the flushing process. Worked for me, as that was a year ago. But there are many threads to read about that on this site. GARY


I think probably 90% of people on this forum would say no to flushing. Yes, there has been alot of reported trans failures after a flush or ever a fluid change. Also, these failures usually all have a common factor, they waited way way way too long for a fluid change. If your changing your trans fluid everything 10k to 15k depending on your driving style/where you drive I would think that no problems if little will come up. I personally think flushing is a gimmick that dealers and shops have been using for years. I think it's right up there with blinker fluid lol

So really a question for you is, how many miles do you have and when was the last trans fluid change?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 6:22 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

TeenBeach wrote:

11. Filter will be held on by some bolts, take off and replace.

No bolts, a seal holds the filter and its supported by the pan.
Filter is pulled down to remove.
Buy a quality filter (GM or NAPA) not the $2.99 Pep Boys.
Reuse the oe pan gasket if its in good shape.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:14 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

1. Jack up the front of the car.
2. Use jack stands and jack stands only at the pinch welds begins the front wheel wells.
3. Open the hood and remove the dipstick. (Reminder to fill it back up after your done lmao)
4. Drink your favorite brewski

etc...

I think step 4 should be at the top of the list,however.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:11 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

As mentioned above, the flushing method has caused problems for those whose fluid was in bad shape. In my case, the fluid was still good, & detergent was not put in the machine during the flushing process. It worked for me, but if your fluid is toast, dropping the pan, & replacing the filter, & 7 quarts is preferable. GARY

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