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BlackJack03 05-12-2008 01:53 AM

How-To: Getrag Transmission Fluid Flush
I meant to post this a long time ago (did this about 6 months ago) but never got around to it till now!!!

My transmission was not as smooth as I had thought or hoped it would be when I bought the car so I decided to baby it with Royal Purple tranny fluid. Took pictures along the way in case anybody else wanted to do the same, since there was no "how-to" on the site when I searched. If there is and I didn't find it, I apologize.

I also apologize if this isn't the most perfectly complete how-to, as I did it 6 months ago, but it should give you a much better idea than you would have had before.

1.) Buy Transmission Fluid [:p].

The Getrag takes 2.1 qts of fluid. In the interest of saving $13 I decided to just leave a little of the trans fluid that was already in the casing instead of buying a 3rd bottle I was only going to use a squirt of.

2.) Locate tools. All you need is a 3/8" drive ratchet and an 8mm hex socket bit.

3.) Jack the driver's side up enough to get under the car. (Or jack up both sides if you like, or use a lift if you're so fortunate. Just take proper precautions when jacking up a vehicle! *50's safety training video voice*)

4.) With drain pan ready, remove the drain plug from the bellhousing. Somewhat hidden towards the back of it.
Credit to WD40 for this photo

If you plan on doing what I did and not buying a 3rd quart of fluid, make sure to leave a slight bit of fluid in the case!!!

5.) Replace drain plug.

NOTE: As with an oil filter, you only need to get these plugs just past hand tight. Also make sure no bits of dirt or gravel get on any part of the plugs!

6.) Remove fill plug.

7.) If you bought Royal Purple, cut off tips of bottles (easier with a scissors--we couldn't find one!)

8.) Squeeze bottles into fill hole!

9.) Replace fill plug.

10.) "Unjack" car and enjoy!!!

Mods: change this as necessary as far as pics, and if there is anything I need to add let me know.


scrammer 05-12-2008 08:03 AM

hey bud, thanx for doing this! there was many threads on this and finally someone did the How-To. i'll sticky this for now. ill forward it to Chad in a bit and also add it to the SVT Specific How-To thread.

Great Job bro[thumb]

opyaFSVT 05-12-2008 09:57 AM

Was it a good improvement, thinking about doing this myself.

AerofurySC 05-12-2008 11:30 AM

Good writeup, thanks! Rep points due.

BlackJack03 05-12-2008 11:43 AM

You know, I didn't have the car before the flush long enough to know how much of an improvement it was...once I remove the counterweight and install my STS I'll tell you how smooth it is [:)].

Thanks, just figured since I had questions when I wanted to do it I'd answer them for others that will have them in the future [thumb].

Z0mbi3SVT 05-12-2008 03:04 PM

Awesome thanks for the guide!

Kal-EL428 05-12-2008 07:02 PM

Thats it? Boy if I knew it was that easy I would have done this a long time ago. Thanks for the write up

dbthor14 05-12-2008 09:51 PM

when or how often do you think a flush should be done? i have 45000 on my svtf now.

BlackJack03 05-12-2008 10:16 PM

I don't know the answer to that...all I know is how to do it [:p]. Anybody know? For some reason I remember hearing that it doesn't NEED to be done at any certain mileage, but I can tell you my fluid was pretty dark and the Royal Purple was much clearer (had 37k miles on at the time I did mine).

scrammer 05-12-2008 10:21 PM

^^have you ever flushed it?

if not, do it now. you'll feel the difference.

me personally think it should be done every other year

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