Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationMaintenance & Repairs · 8 months ago

How do I change my transmission fluid when the owner's manual says I can't?

It says that it should be done at the dealership, and that's it. Well, I want to do it anyways!

11 Answers

  • 8 months ago
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    There are special tools to change the ATF. No more dipsticks. I'd go to the dealer and have it changed every 60,000 miles. That way if the tranny fails you have records of maintaining it and can ask for a customer goodwill warranty replacement.

    Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
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  • zipper
    Lv 6
    8 months ago

    You craw under the car and drill a whole in the bottom of the transmission and drain it out, then plug the whole with crewing gum and fill with 80 weight transmission oil. Have fun TROLL!

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  • John
    Lv 4
    8 months ago

    I don't know you from Adam. Or eve. Explain yourself. You want to do it yourself? How will you dispose of the old fluid? Dump it into the sewer?

    Internal combustion engines and cooling systems drive trains axels transmissions are not monkey wrench assemblies slapped together with two half inch thick pieces of metal and bolts.

    They are carefully engineered parts of industry used to degrade humanity by devils controlled by Satan and the anti Christ.

    So are computers smart phones and the electronic information flow.

    The old gods such as Amphistre watch waiting until you beg them for answers to questions to entrust to complete liars for answers now.

    As you dump your transmission of its fluid thinking you can refill it like you do oil you learn about magic words such as 'presurrized systems and 'bleeding' since with out the proper sorcery to keep air out you maintain a weak non pressurized system unable to move your vehicle.

    As I run out of space to finish just remember you need the

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  • Ron
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    Trolls have fat fingers. It is impossible to do what you want to do with fat fingers

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  • 8 months ago

    Follow the owners' manual. that is why they print it. Unless you are senior mechanic at Aamco transmissions, don't try it.

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  • 8 months ago

    Google your make an model for youtube videos. They just don't want amateurs ******* it up and then trying to get it fixed under warranty.

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  • 8 months ago

    For profession and safety of the car, it is suggested to go to the dealership for a change of the transmission fluid.

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  • bo
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    year, make, and model

    Source(s): transmission man
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  • Anonymous
    8 months ago

    If the fluid still looks pink and translucent, don't mess with it. If it's a CVT, have the shop service it.

    I say this because CVT units need the fluid change per the OEM specs and you don't want it to fail.

    The shop will use a pump system to flush the CVT and then if it blows a cog you have a recourse.

    The fluid in a standard automatic transmission will often last the life of the unit and not need a change.

    If the fluid is dark brown and burnt, changing it will not fix the scorched internal burnt clutch disks.

    So if you have burnt brown smelly transmission fluid, changing it will not fix your old burnt up trans.

    Flushing at the point of no return will only hasten the eventual failure, not prolong the units life span.

    If you flush a burnt brown fluid with new, within days it will again be burnt brown and smelly again.

    If the fluid is still pink, drop the pan and replace the filter. Then top it back up with more new fluid.

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  • 8 months ago


    Transmission fluid is important for lubricating the parts of your transmission and reducing wear and tear caused by friction and heat. While changing your transmission fluid won’t damage the condition of your transmission, if you haven’t been changing it frequently enough, you may discover that your transmission slips. Read on to find out why.


    Every vehicle is different, so it’s no surprise that every car has different requirements for how often transmission fluid should be changed. Check your owner’s manual to find out how often you should change or check your transmission fluid. In most cars, you can check the transmission fluid by finding the transmission dipstick under the hood of your car while the engine is running. It’s usually located behind the oil dipstick. There will be markings on the dipstick indicating if there is enough transmission fluid, or if you need to add more.

    To determine if you need to change the fluid, wipe the dipstick on a white paper towel or cloth and observe the color of the transmission fluid. If the fluid is bright pink, your transmission fluid is new and does not need to be changed. If the fluid is a light brown with a hint of pink, your transmission fluid will need to be replaced. If your transmission fluid hasn’t been changed in a long time, it will appear a very dark brown color and may even have metal particles floating in it, indicating the transmission is damaged.

    If your vehicle takes lifetime transmission fluid, you should still check to make sure it’s in good condition around 100,000 miles, as the vent tubes that allow pressure in the transmission to equalize may also allow in moisture and dust.


    First check your owner’s manual to make sure you know whether a flush or change of transmission fluid is typically recommended for your vehicle.

    When changing your transmission fluid, you open the transmission drain located on the underside of the car. This allows about 40% to 50% of the transmission fluid to drain out into the pan. The other 50%-60% of the fluid remains in the torque converter and other parts of the transmission.

    Flushing your transmission, on the other hand, allows you to completely change all of the fluid in the transmission. To flush your transmission, you attach a transmission hose to the input of the line that runs through the transmission and another hose to the output. Pumping new transmission fluid in pushes the old fluid out and into the outgoing hose.

    Flushing your transmission fluid, rather than changing it, is only recommended if the transmission fluid is in relatively good shape and has no signs of damage. If you do a flush when there is damaged transmission material in the transmission fluid, you could cause a problem in the valve body at the bottom of the transmission. If the valve body gets gunked up with damaged transmission material, you could lose the ability to shift between gears. This is why many people worry that changing transmission fluid can cause a transmission to slip, but if you’re changing your transmission fluid regularly, you won’t have to worry about this problem.

    • arther
      Lv 5
      8 months agoReport

      what if it doesn't have a dipstick ?

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