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6 Essential Steps to Change Automatic Transmission Fluid and Filters

If you own a motor vehicle you might have a basic idea about the vital fluids of a vehicle. The key functions are cleansing and lubrication. However, the fluid also attracts and gathers metal shavings and dirt over time and ends up circulating through the machine. The debris into your vehicle can affect your car and therefore you can see many transmission fluid service providers who flush the dirt or debris before pouring the fluid into your vehicle.

Fluid change is essential for your vehicle and it enhances the performance and boosts the capability of your car. In case, your vehicle features transaxles/ automatic transmission, you should look out for a fluid change every 30 months. The discussion will highlight on 8 essential steps that will help you to learn to change ATF easily. If you want to DIY, you shouldn’t miss this post.


Transmission Fluid

Step 1

Learning to change automatic transmission fluid service can turn out to be beneficial in many ways. If you are willing to learn the process of changing automatic transmission you need an ATF kit and some basic tools at first.

Transmission fluid passes well in the operating temperature and makes your vehicle idle for some moment. Now turn the ignition off and secure it, law down some tarp and place some newspaper or cardboard under two-gallon catch plan.  Now you have to slowly remove the bolts from the transmission pan. Be careful about fluid and hot exhaust pieces.

Step 2

The second step of transmission fluid service is to remove all the bolts from your vehicle and it will make the pan tilted that will help to drain the fluids. When you finish removing all the bolts you have to lower the pan and that will pour the remaining fluid into the catch pan. You might have to break the gasket seal if it is necessary.

Step 3

Now you have to cleanse the surfaces of the gasket on both transmission housing and the pan.  The next step is to inspect the pan for any type of internal harm and others and then you can clean it with solvent. Now remove the previous O-ring and transmission filter. Place the drain pan below as it contains fluid.

Transmission Fluid and Filter

Transmission Fluid and Filter

Step 4

Now the time has come to install the new transmission filter ensuring that you have placed the O-ring seats accordingly. Connect the newly brought Gasket to the pan along with oil-soluble grease. Many people tend to use adhesive or gasket sealer; however, we suggest you not to do that.

Step 5

You have almost completed the transmission fluid service and you have to look at the manual for the transmission pan bolts. Now torque the pan bolts to spec spirally beginning at the midpoint. You have to remember that the maximum torque is set at 12 pounds/ft. You are almost done, and you have to lower your vehicle to pour the suggested amount of fluid into your car.

Step 6

Congratulations, you have successfully done your transmission fluid service and you have to check for leakage. Start your vehicle and wait for a few minutes. Now turn off your vehicle and check for leakage, check all gears and dipstick when the engine is idle. If you can follow the instructions carefully, we hope that you won’t face any problems while changing auto-transmission fluid and filters.


We hope that you have gained a fair idea on how to change automatic transmission fluid and filters. Now service your car on your own. Changing the auto transmission fluid is often termed as a tough job and if the steps mentioned above can help you to save your money and time, we will be the happiest.