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Old 11-09-2012, 08:46 PM   #21
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As far as Warranty worries, it's just like "proving" the oil was changed.

Just keep records & receipts for proof if it's ever needed...

As to drain plugs, the "official kit" sounds good, in the past I just used whatever bolt & sealing washer was handy, tack welding a nut on the inside of the pan like a factory does for steel oil pans....
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That idea would work marvelously. I also have decided on cars before to not disconnect at the stock fitting, they can then leak after being removed sometimes. I will cut the steel line in an easy to get to spot and simply overlap the cut with rubber line after doing the drain. Do NOT use anything but higher pressure line when doing that, either known oil cooler line or high pressure FI line. If you use cheap every day low pressure fuel line it will blow out, rated for only 5-7 psi, the cooler gets 30 psi and higher. I also use FOUR worm drive hose clamps, two on each end. The slick tubing can let hose slip to move if you only have one on each end.

Done right lasts forever.............

I prefer drain plug though, great for any later changes, this trans has a pretty good filter, no need to change it every time oil changes, and certainly no need asking for trouble when moving solenoid and temp sensor wiring around. That well cooked wiring can start breaking when it gets older.
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You advocate CUTTING the hardline rather than unscrewing the tube nut?
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I believe he WOULD advocate that, probably after prev. issues with corroded fittings & subsequent leakage.

And if you wrench too hard on a fitting into a plastic radiator, well you're buying a new radiator!

X2 on the double hose clamp though, did an emergency repair on a holed hard line last year for someone, and it leaked later 'till I doubled the clamps (opposite orientations BTW).
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The fitting I suggest is a steel tube nut going into a steel adapter at the trans.
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Less chance of issues THERE to be sure!
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Thumbs up The Up Side To Doing It Yourself

Personally I Would Do Both Change The Filter And Fluid But If It Was Me I Would Go One Step Further And As The Car Was Running And The Fluid Was Coming Out I Would Pour New Fluid In Yes You Do Waist Some Fluid But As You Are Wasting Some Youíre Keeping Fluid Running Though The Torque Converter And That Is Pumping All That Old Nasty Stuff Out Of Your Trans System That Way When The Old Nasty Brown Looking Fluid Turns Nice Bright Red You Know Itís All Nice And Clean The Up Side To Doing It Yourself Is You Know It Was Done And It Was Done Right!
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I put cutting line out there as a possible choice........not as necessity.

You'd be amazed at how many parts get ruined when people simply twist the one outboard nut instead of using a backup wrench. I watched that damage all day long.

Of course I'd take the screw down fitting loose first, but that's just me. Others have totally different viewpoints, not that all of them make sense. Come to think of it, maybe mine didn't either, LOL.................I got drain plugs, I can laugh at the rest.

I was just thinking about tapping into lines for addition of a cooler and translated it to draining fluid too, maybe not the best way............somebody kick me.
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I got it done. I Unscrewed the fitting going into the trans they the cooler line hooked to like elsolo said to. Much easier then messing with that connector and possibly breaking it. It was a little tedious because there isn't much room under here but it wasn't to bad.

I pulled to line off and ran the car a bit, went through the gears, turned it off and did it all again. Got 3 maybe 3 and a half quarts that way.

The hardest part was actually getting the pan off, that RTV they had on there stuck pretty good and the plastic putty knife I bought just couldn't get in there. I ended up having to cheat a bit and I used a screwdriver to pop it off. I had to pry at it a bit until I could finally get my fingers under there and pull it off. Grrr as hard as I tried to keep cardboard and drip pans down I got some fluid on the driveway. I must have drained the car good running it because I got maybe a quart out of the pan, not much at all.

The rest was pretty straight forward. I probably spent an hour probably even longer running the car and bringing up the fluid level because I was afraid to overfill it. It took all the 10 quarts I bought plus a half I had to get from autozone, so I definitely ran enough through the trans to flush out all the old.
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