To change the transmission fluid in a vehicle, a person needs several quarts of transmission fluid, a socket set, drain pan, filter and pan gasket. After draining the transmission the fluid will need to be safely recycled.
In order to keep the transmission gears functioning smoothly, the fluid will need to be periodically changed. Dirty fluid can cause the transmission to shift hard, miss-shift or stick gears. The following instructions explain how to properly change the transmission fluid on a vehicle.
- Check the fluid
- Raise and secure the vehicle
- Loosen the drain pan bolts
- Clean the pan
- Replace the transmission filter
- Install the transmission pan
- Pour in new fluid
Pull the dipstick from the transmission and check the consistency of the fluid.
Use a jack to lift the vehicle onto jack-stands.
There are several drain pan bolts located all around the pan. Loosen them and slowly let the fluid pour into the catch pan.
Clean out any debris found inside the transmission pan and scrape off any gasket material on the pan.
Remove and replace the transmission filter.
Lay some gasket sealant onto the pan and install it onto the transmission. Torque the bolts down to the recommended specifications.
The amount of fluid required depends on the type of vehicle. Pour the fluid into the transmission and give it 5 minutes to settle. Once settled, check the fill level with its dipstick.