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1999 Chevrolet Metro Question: changing transmission fluid

 

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Modocker, 1.3L 4 Cylinder, Stilesville, IN, May 03, 2011, 09:30
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What type of fluid to use, Can you drain the converter, how many quarts of fluid with the converter drained and without, how to properly check the fluid level.
Thank you: Modocker

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    May 03, 2011, 11:06
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    My source calls for Dexron III Automatic Transmission Fluid. I don't have any info on how much it takes, but I'd guess about 3 qts if all you drain is the pan, and I think there's a drain plug on the pan. Total, including the torque converter, I'd guess about 6 qts. The torque converter may have a drain plug, but probably not. You'd have to remove whatever cover there may be and look for it. It's possible to drain most of the fluid out of the converter and transmission by disconnecting the cooler return line and starting the engine briefly, letting it run until the fluid flow reduces and then immediately shutting it off and reconnecting the line. This is not a recommended technique, but I've done it. I don't recommend it to you because you're a beginner and there's some risk to the method.
    What is recommended is a proper transmission flush using a flushing machine, which replaces the used fluid with new. That's definitely the way to go, it's much safer for the transmission.
    Fluid is added to the transmission through the dipstick tube. To check the level, with the engine running in PARK, read the level on the dipstick. Fill the the FULL mark on the stick, the most accurate reading is engine running, when the engine and transmission are hot.
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