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Old 04 Oct 2012, 07:08 pm   #1 (permalink)
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is there a procedure to change transmission fluid without removing pan or plug?

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Old 04 Oct 2012, 09:20 pm   #2 (permalink)
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On Thu, 04 Oct 2012 23:08:02 +0000, collins wrote:

> is there a procedure to change transmission fluid without removing pan or plug?


Why not just remove the plug? What kind of car, year and model?
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Old 06 Oct 2012, 03:47 pm   #3 (permalink)
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On Thursday, October 4, 2012 4:08:02 PM UTC-7, collins wrote:

> is there a procedure to change transmission fluid without removing pan orplug?


If your transmission has a drain plug, you shouldn't be asking for an alternative to the EASIEST WAY IN THE WORLD to change the fluid, and you should praise the auto maker for caring enough to include the plug.

Some people change the fluid by sucking up the old fluid through the fill tube, but that's got to leave a lot more crud in there than draining it does, if my limited experience with engine oil is any indication. A friend hadan engine that burned a quart every 200 miles, so he would just top it off, on the assumption that the engine was getting a complete oil change every4-6 weeks. He did change the filter every 3 months. Then he decided to do a regular oil change, and the oil came out looking really awful, and I don't mean it just turned really dark. But the next time he drained the oil,about 3 months later, it looked a lot cleaner, despite the engine being a bad oil burner.

Another way to change the transmission fluid is by opening up the transmission cooler return line. A lot of shops do this (and charge more than a regular change that includes dropping the pan and changing the filter) with anelectric pump, but some people just run the engine and keep pouring in newfluid to keep the trans from running dry. I have no idea how good or safe that is.
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