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Old 10-16-2005, 06:02 PM   #1
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Change Automatic Transmission Fluid

The maintenance guide says it's time to change the automatic transmission fluid in my 2003 ZX3 PZEV (California). It doesn't say anything about changing the filter.

Is there a drain plug or do I need to remove the entire oil pan on the bottom of the transmission?

Do I need to change the filter?

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Old 10-16-2005, 06:17 PM   #2
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there are two different ways to service your fluid. One is to remove the pan, chenge the filter and refill the fluid that was lost, this gets about 5 quarts of fluid out and you get a new filter.

The other way is to 'flush' the system. You need a machine to do this one, so you really can't DYI it, but a flush changes out ALL your fluid, but leaves your filter in place (the pan never gets removed)

There are pro's and cons to both services, and the only way to get the best of both worlds would be to do both services (kinda costly)

I would say the old school filter change/5 qts is good for regular maintenance, if your trans fluid doesn't already look bad (still reddish in color)
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