You do not need much time or even a professional mechanic to replace the transmission filter of your car. This is a task that you can handle all by yourself within an hour as long as you have a new transmission fluid filter, transmission fluid, a socket wrench set, gasket seal adhesive, jack with jack stands as well as a knife or scraper and a bucket among a few other things. A faulty filter does not mean that you need a major transmission rebuild as all you need is to change the filter. Below here are the steps to follow when changing a transmission filter.
Jack the car
Before you change the filter, you need to position the car in a way that you handle the task with ease. You work from underneath as the filter is at the base of the transmission. Using the jack stands, you will support the car after jacking it up.
Drain the transmission fluid
This is when you make good use of the bucket or any container that you may be having and a socket wrench to drain every bit of the transmission fluid. You have to place the bucket at the bottom of the transmission drain plug so as not to spill the fluid.
Remove the transmission pan
The third step is to remove the transmission pan completely before you remove its gasket seal and clean the pan using a scraper completely. After scraping, you use a towel to thoroughly remove any debris that might still be stuck. You then apply a thin layer of the gasket seal adhesive before fixing the new gasket seal.
Remove the filter
Check if the transmission filter has been attached to its place using retaining clips or bolts. If bolts, you will need to use the flathead screwdriver that you already have to safely remove the filter. You discard this particular filter before installing a new one and securing it as it was before. At this point, you will install the transmission pan and secure it as well.
Add transmission fluid
After the installation, its time to add the transmission fluid as you can remember, you have already drained every drop was there before. The secret of adding the right fluid is following the instructions of your manufacturer in regards to the right level and type. Confirm the level by using the dipstick.
After all the fixing has been done and you are satisfied with the results, dispose of the old parts and transmission fluid in the correct manner. Remember not to pour the fluid on the ground or down your toilet or even sink as this can cause serious problems. Your local auto part store or recycling center can help in getting rid of these.
Replacing the transmission filter highly depends with the manufacturer’s directive. Some require you to replace it after two years or when you hit the 30,000-mile mark. Follow the manual and you can never go wrong in this case.