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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2018, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Transmission fluid + filter change

I had two instances with tranny slip issues recently. The first time, my wheels were turned all the way to the right and I went to accelerate slowly and nothing happened. I let off the gas and it went forward and hasn't happened again. Also I went to back into a parking space, I put it in reverse and similarly, no movement for a second but then worked fine. I've never had any issues at speed and other than those two instances, the tranny works perfectly.

I examined the dipstick fluid and it is just beginning to turn a tad brownish. Still light in color with lots of red and no real smell to it other than what oil normally smells like. I have 139K on the tranny and it was last flushed around 90K - 100K or so.

I got a filter from NAPA and going to get some ATF+4 at Walmart. I'm wondering if I should use the gasket that comes with the filter, or if I should use Permatex Ultra Black Hi-Temp RTV Silicone Gasket Maker.

What do you guys think? Also any tips for this job? Seems pretty straightforward just wish I had a lift as the tranny pan looks to be dead center of the car.
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Really worrying about my tranny now. Haven't flushed it yet, but reverse did the grind thing again today for a split second.

Ugh man if I have to put in a tranny that would suck right now as I'm pretty low on funds. Other than that the car shifts fine while driving, smooth as butter.
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Damn Man, No Love around here or no one knows what Your symptoms are. Where all the gurus at?.. I feel For You Man. Wish I knew/had an answer for You bro.
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idk man, it's been fine lately. I think I was giving it gas too quick after shifting causing the grind. If I wait an extra second before giving it gas in reverse, it never grinds. Fluid was pretty clean too and no crap in the pan except for the magnet. The only other time I feel a grind is when I have the wheels turned all the way right but that might be my tires rubbing or maybe axle issue.
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I wanted to give an update about the fluid/filter replacement.

1) I sucked about 2.5 quarts from the dipstick tube initially. That was all I got out.
2) Jacked up car to see if I could suck out any more but didn't.
3) Went under and dropped the pan and another 4.5 quarts came out which I did not expect... a mess was made. Fortunately, the RTV (there was a ton of it) did not stick to the valve body as it all came off with the pan.
4) Be careful when putting the new filter in. The o-ring tends to want to bind to the valve body because it's hard to fight the clips and get the filter in at the same time. So check and make sure the o-ring is seated and not crooked or you'll be doing it all over. I found it best to bend one clip with a screwdriver slightly while moving the filter passage in and out a few times to seat the o-ring.
5) Use black RTV on the pan to hold the rubber gasket in place. I initially used grease and the gasket shifted when putting it back on. 4 quarts of fresh fluid nearly wasted if I was not quick with the drain pan, made another mess. Just a thin bead around the pan is enough.
6) Make sure you put enough fluid back in... I thought I put enough in and took it for a very slow drive. 1 to 2 shifted then boom... neutral. It was at least 2 quarts low. The dipstick is very hard to read after putting in fluid through the dipstick hole, not to mention the clean fluid is already difficult to read. You have to wait for it all to settle down the tube before reading.

Other than that, it wasn't too bad. I was covered in fluid from laying in it and even after a couple showers I could still smell it on me, but hey I saved $150. What I noticed after the fluid/filter change is a slightly more responsive shift and the "bump shift" which was driving me nuts before, is about 90% gone. And I'm guessing I replaced at least 7 quarts of fluid out of the 9.9 quarts it holds.
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