FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS AND LEVEL CHECK
A dipstick is provided in the engine compartment to check the level of the automatic transaxle. Check the Maintenance Component Location charts at the end of this section for the dipstick location on your vehicle. Be sure the car is on level ground and that the car's engine and transaxle have reached normal operating temperatures.
- Start the engine, set the parking brake, and put the transaxle selector lever in the PARK position.
- Move the selector lever through all the positions and return to the PARK position. DO NOT TURN OFF THE ENGINE DURING THE FLUID LEVEL CHECK.
- Clean all dirt from the dipstick cap before removing the dipstick. Remove the dipstick and wipe clean.
- Reinsert the dipstick making sure it is fully seated. Pull the dipstick out of the tube and check the fluid level. The fluid level should be between the FULL and ADD marks.
- If necessary, add enough fluid through the dipstick tube/filler to bring the level to the FULL mark on the dipstick. Use Dexron®II or Mercon® fluid in the ATX 3-speed transaxle, AXOD and AXOD-E overdrive transaxles.
Do not overfill the transaxle. Doing so can cause damage to the transaxle. Make sure the dipstick is fully seated. If by chance you overfill the transaxle, thread a small piece of rubber vacuum hose into the dipstick tube until it hits the bottom, then withdraw the excess fluid using a large, clean turkey baster or equivalent.
DRAIN AND REFILL
In normal service it should not be necessary or required to drain and refill the automatic transaxle. However, under severe operation or dusty conditions, the fluid should be changed every 20 months or 20,000 miles (32,000 km).
- Raise the car and safely support it on jackstands. If the pan is equipped with a drain plug, drain the fluid into a suitable container.
- If the pan does not have a drain plug, place a suitable drain pan underneath the transaxle oil pan. Loosen the oil pan mounting bolts and allow the fluid to drain until it reaches the level of the pan flange. Remove the attaching bolts, leaving one end attached so that the pan will tip and the rest of the fluid will drain.
- Remove the oil pan and thoroughly clean it. Remove the old gasket. Make sure that the gasket mounting surfaces are clean.
- Unfasten the transaxle filter screen retaining bolt and remove the screen.
- Install a new filter screen and O-ring. Place a new gasket on the pan and install the pan to the transaxle. Torque the transaxle pan to 15-19 ft. lbs. (20-26 Nm).
- Fill the transaxle to the correct level. Remove the jackstands and lower the car to the ground.