Changing manual transmission fluid is no big deal, but it’s vital to prep properly. So, let’s get ready! Here is a guide to the steps you must take before starting. Follow these steps for a successful DIY job!
Gather the necessary tools
Choose the perfect roast for your taste and caffeine content. It’s time to start preparing your brew for the best results. Gather tools for a quality cup of coffee. Use freshly ground beans for the best flavor.
Here’s a list of essential items for optimum brew:
- Coffee grinder: Get a burr grinder for evenly-sized grinds.
- Freshly roasted beans: Look for even roast and intense aromas. Buy from local roaster or specialty stores.
- Coffee brewer: Choose a manual or automated machine.
- Water filter: Filtered water eliminates chlorine and enhances flavors.
- Scale (optional): Weighing coffee grounds and water helps give control.
Acquire the correct type of transmission fluid
Understand the type of transmission fluid your vehicle needs. Check the owner’s manual for info. Buy fluid that meets or exceeds the manufacturer’s specs. Open the fluid and check for particles or contaminants. If you smell rust or burnt, or see metal particles, don’t use it. Find a new brand that meets your standards.
Draining the Old Fluid
Swap the manual transmission liquid in your car! It takes about an hour.
- Empty the old fluid from the transmission. Jack up the car, remove the plug. Get a pan and gloves – the old fluid is risky.
Find the drain plug and remove it
Start the process of changing manual transmission fluid by locating the inspection plate and drain plug. This is usually a metal plate or cover held in place with screws or bolts. Take them out with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
Unscrew the bolt, also known as the ‘drain plug’, with an adjustable wrench. All the old fluid will be drained, so have a large bowl ready to capture it. Be careful not to tilt or shift the gearbox as this can cause damage. Keep children and animals away from the work area to avoid any accidents.
After draining the old fluid, check for any problems like color changes, debris, or particles that might suggest something is wrong. Dispose of the old fluid safely, and then replace the drain plug and inspection plate. Keep the plate for future transmission maintenance.
Drain the fluid from the transmission
Grab a wrench. Loosen and remove the fill bolt on top of the transmission. If there is a drain plug, take it out with the wrench, too. Put a container below the opening. Let the old fluid drain until clean metal or rubber parts show. Empty any power steering fluid reservoirs.
Finally, re-fill with new fluid.
Replacing the Fluid
Replace your transmission fluid every 30,000 miles or so. It’s essential to keep your car working well. But, the frequency of replacing it depends on the make and model, and how often you drive it.
Refill the transmission with the new fluid
Refilling a transmission with fresh fluid is important. Get quality fluid that meets your vehicle manufacturer’s viscosity and API classifications. Lower viscosity or non-recommended types can cause damage or failure.
- Clean the dipstick tube area.
- Remove the dipstick.
- Put a funnel in the tube and fill it to the top of the funnel (avoid overfilling).
- Replace the dipstick firmly.
Start your engine and let it run for 10-15 minutes. This circulates the new fluid. Rotate the steering wheel from side to side for 5 minutes each cycle. This keeps everything lubricated. Turn off the vehicle and check there is enough fluid in hot and cold levels on the dipstick. Firmly replace the dipstick.
Replace the drain plug
Once the fluid is drained, unscrew and remove the bolts that hold the pan. To remove the drain plug, use a flat screwdriver or hex key, turning counterclockwise. Clean away any threads of rubber stuck around it. Use wire or string for this.
Pour in the preferred type of transmission fluid, covering all the gear components. Save any leftover fluid for later, or store it in a cool, dry place. Replace the drain plug securely after adding new fluid!
The final step is to reinstall the inspection cover and lower the car. Put back the dipstick and check if you have enough fluid. You’re finished changing the manual transmission fluid.
Look for any possible leaks and make adjustments if needed:
- Check for any leaks.
- Adjust if needed.
Check the fluid level and add more as needed
Put the pan back on your car and check for leaks. Then, check your transmission fluid level. Refer to your car’s owner’s manual to learn how. Generally, the dipstick should be dry when cold and not overfilled.
If the fluid level is low, gradually add more until it’s at the right level.
- If you’re still having transmission problems or suspect a leak, take it to a professional quickly. Driving with low or incorrect fluid can cause damage to your car.
- Also, take precautions if you suspect a leak in your transmission system to avoid further damage.
Start the engine and check for leaks
Fill and replace the fluid. Now, start the engine and look for leaks. Ensure all connectors and hose clamps are well connected and tight.
After starting, let the engine idle in neutral. Inspect all the disconnected lines, hoses and connectors. If you see drips or leaks, switch off the engine instantly. Resolve them before going for a drive.
After 5 minutes of idling, check all levels again. Make sure there were no irregularities when refilling or replacing parts like oil filters or drain plugs. If all is dry, your car is ready to hit the road!
Test drive the vehicle to ensure proper operation
Before buying, it’s important to test drive the vehicle. Look out for the brakes and safety features. Check all interior and exterior components for signs of damage. Gradually accelerate when you first drive away. Turn on hazard warning flashers when needed – this is required by law in many places. Make sure all lights and electrical systems are working. Listen for any unusual sounds that could be a sign of a mechanical issue.
Lastly, be aware of other vehicles and people around you. Respect the rules of the road for safety:
- Gradually accelerate when you first drive away.
- Turn on hazard warning flashers when needed.
- Make sure all lights and electrical systems are working.
- Listen for any unusual sounds.
- Be aware of other vehicles and people around you.
- Respect the rules of the road for safety.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of fluid should I use when changing manual transmission fluid?
It is recommended that you use the type of fluid that your vehicle manufacturer specifies.
How often should I change my manual transmission fluid?
Generally, it is recommended that you change your manual transmission fluid every 30,000 – 60,000 miles, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation.
What is the process for changing manual transmission fluid?
The process for changing manual transmission fluid typically involves draining the old fluid, refilling the transmission with new fluid, and running the engine for a few minutes to circulate the fluid.