- FLUID: Consult your cars owner’s manual to know how many quarts, and the specific type you require, or speak to a representative at the auto parts store.
- FILTER: Check to be sure you get the correct size and quality.
- TORQUE WRENCH: If you don’t have one, don’t worry. A normal socket wrench set will archive the aim.
- LARGE PAN TO CATCH THE FLUID: Be sure to get one that is larger than the pan (casing) as it may leak out from all sides.
STEPS TO FOLLOW
PUT YOUR CAR ON RAMPS
Commence by putting your car up on ramps, or having the front part of your vehicle jacked up .Ensure to put blocks behind your back wheels so it doesn’t roll out into the street or over of you. Use your old clothes, because the cloth you wear will get kind of messy. You should also put newspaper underneath where you will be working so no oil will be left on your driveway. It is also equally important to dispose of it properly once you are done. Many auto parts shops either have a place where they can dump the oil, or can tell you how to dispose of it properly. It is not recommended that you empty it in your trash or in your yard.
LOCATE THE TRANSMISSION PAN
Locate the transmission pan using your owner’s manual. Put the oil pan that you will use directly underneath. Remove the bolts slowly and keep your face from the way. Once the seal is broke on the bolts, the fluid will begin to drip out. Put the bolts aside and let the oil run completely into the drain pan. Wash the debri and deposits out of the pan using fluid, not water. Inspect the deposits that was in the pan. Doing so can help you determine whether the transmission is running correctly or if there is a impending problem in the near future. This can be hard for the untrained eye to do. If your car is relatively new and you find debris, there is an issue. You might find just a trace of aluminum shavings, or other very minor contaminants, but the assembly process is so clean, and the newer gearboxes so unforgiving of dirt, that any real accumulation generally signals a problem is in development.”
INSPECT THE GASKET
inspect to see if you need to replace the gasket. If it is completely worn, go ahead and replace it. It will save you repair in the future down the road. use a thin layer of RTV sealant to the pan’s flange to ensure a nice tight, leak proof seal.
REMOVE THE FILTER
once it has drained completely, take away the filter. You need to be careful, as the filter has fluid in it as well. Change it with your new filter, and tighten to the specifications in your owner’s manual. Then replace the bolts on the pan, be sure to tighten them for the first couple threads by hand before using a tool. Now you are ready to add the fresh oil. A funnel is required; hardly anyone can do this without spilling.
Once you have completed the oil change, start the car up and let it on for a few minutes. Shift your gears a few times, and then take it back to in park. Now you can proceed to check the dipstick. Draw the dipstick out, wipe it on a clean rag, reinsert it, and pull it out again. Make it level and check to see where the oil is on the stick. It should be found on the correct line, normally sitting full. Once this is done, you are about to take it off the ramps, or bring down from the jack. Then be sure to give yourself a pat on the back. You have just changed your own fluid and saved money!