How to Change Your Transmission Fluid Part 2

Part two of our series on how to change your transmission fluid explores some more of the tools you’re going to need plus the basic procedure.

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Which Tools Will I Need to Change My Transmission Fluid?

Which tools will you need to change your transmission fluid?  According to the site HOWSTUFFWORKS.COM: “Without access to such a high-end piece of equipment, you’re going to need some tools and materials. The first thing you need is a transmission filter service kit. The service kit includes a transmission filter and a pan gasket. You’re also going to need a catch pan and 3 to 6 quarts (3 to 6 liters) of automatic transmission fluid. All transmission fluid varies from car to car. Read the sidebar to learn more about the different types of ATF.

You can find the rest of the required tools in your garage. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Socket wrenches
  • Screwdrivers
  • Mallet
  • Longneck funnel
  • Two old milk jugs
  • Jack stands or car ramp
  • Wheel chocks
  • Brake cleaner
  • Several clean shop rags

You’ll use the milk jugs for measuring, not collecting. You can get by without them, but it’s handy to know how much fluid gravity pulls from your transmission. When you go to add new ATF, you’ll have a ballpark idea of how much fluid to add. Collecting the right tools is just the beginning. Up next, we’ll look at some necessary prep work before you start draining the fluid.” [READ SOURCE ARTICLE]

Changing Your Transmission Fluid is Not For The Squeamish

If you do know what you’re doing, read up on the procedure and your owner’s manual too.  However, like a lot of different types of transmission repair, sometimes, it is better to have someone else do it for you.  Why?  Well, for one, you are going to get very dirty doing this.  Even if you hose off your carport or garage floor, the undercarriage of your car is one of the dirtiest parts, and old transmission fluid is not the cleanest thing either.  So even though you can do some repairs yourself, if you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t try to change your transmission fluid yourself.

Instead, call your transmission repair shop in Mesa,AZ, or wherever you call home.

For more information on how to change your transmission fluid, be sure to read part one of this series as well.

For more information on transmission fluid, be sure to read one of our previous articles here.

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