When adding fluid or refilling the transaxle, use ATF + 3 type 7176 fluid. If this is not available, you can use ATF+3(or its superceding fluid type) automatic transmission fluid.
See Figures 1, 2 and 3
- Park the vehicle on a level surface.
- Start the engine and let it run for at least 1 minute.
- Apply the parking brake and block the drive wheels.
- With the brakes applied, move the shift lever through all the gear ranges, ending in P .
The fluid level must be checked with the engine running at slow idle, with the car level, and the fluid at least at room temperature. The correct fluid level cannot be read if you have just driven the car for a long time at high speed, city traffic in hot weather or if the car has been pulling a trailer. In these cases, wait at least 30 minutes for the fluid to cool down.
- Remove the dipstick, then determine of the fluid is hot or warm. Hot fluid is about 180°F (82°C) that is the normal operating temperature after the vehicle has been driven al least 15 miles. The fluid is too hot to touch. Warm is when the fluid is about 85-125°F (29-52°C).
- Wipe the dipstick clean, with a lint free rag, then reinsert it fully it is seated.
- Remove the dipstick again and note the reading. If the fluid is hot, the reading should be within the cross hatched area marked HOT between the upper two holes in the dipstick. If the fluid level is warm, the fluid level should be within the lower two holes in the area marked WARM.
- If the fluid level is low, use a funnel to add the proper type and amount of transaxle fluid to bring to the correct level, through the dipstick tube. It generally takes less than a pint. DO NOT overfill the transaxle! If the fluid level is within specifications, simply push the dipstick back into the filler tube completely.
DRAIN, REFILL & FILTER REPLACEMENT
See Figures 4 through 14
The car should be driven approximately 15 miles (24 km) to warm the transaxle fluid before the pan is removed.
The fluid should be drained while the transaxle is warm.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle with jackstands.
- Place a suitable drain pan under the transaxle fluid pan.
- Loosen the automatic transaxle fluid pan bolts.
- Lightly tap the pan at one corner with a rubber mallet or carefully pry the fluid pan loose and allow the fluid to drain.
- Remove the remaining bolts, then remove the pan. Thoroughly clean the gasket mating surfaces.
- If necessary, unfasten the retaining screws, then remove the filter.
- If removed, install a new filter and gasket on the throttle valve body. Tighten the retaining screws to 40 inch lbs. (5 Nm). Make the filter gasket is aligned properly before removal.
- Clean the oil pan and magnet. Use a thin bead of suitable adhesive sealant on the edge of the transaxle pan and around the bolt holes, then install the pan and secure with the retaining bolts. Tighten the bolts to 14 ft. lbs. (19 Nm).
- Carefully lower the vehicle.
- Pour 4 quarts of the proper automatic transaxle fluid through the dipstick tube. Make sure to use a funnel to avoid making a mess!
- Start the engine and allow to idle for at least a minute. With the parking brake on and the brakes depressed, move the gear selector through each position, ending in the Park or Neutral position.
- Check the fluid level and add just enough fluid to bring the level to 1 / 8 in. below the ADD mark.
- Allow the engine to fully warm up to normal operating temperature, then check the fluid level. The fluid level should be in the HOT range. If not, add the proper amount of fluid to bring it up to that level. If the fluid level is within specifications, simply push the dipstick back into the filler tube completely.