When adding or refilling fluid to the transaxle use Dexron®III oil or equivalent.
Inaccurate fluid level readings may result if the fluid is checked immediately after the vehicle has been operated under any or all of the following conditions:
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle.
- Place a container under the fluid level screw.
- Remove the fluid level screw.
- Ensure the oil level is at the bottom of the level screw.
- Install the oil level screw and tighten to 124 inch lbs. (14 Nm).
- Lower the vehicle.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
PAN & FILTER SERVICE
The fluid should be changed according to the schedule in the Maintenance Interval chart at the end of this section. If the car is normally used in severe service, such as stop and start driving, trailer towing, or the like, the interval should be halved. If the car is driven under especially nasty conditions, such as in heavy city traffic where the temperature normally reaches 90°F (32°C), or in very hilly or mountainous areas, or in police, taxi, or delivery service, the fluid should be changed every 15,000 miles (24,000 km.).
The fluid must be warm before it is drained; a 20 minute drive should accomplish this.
- To drain the automatic transaxle fluid, the fluid pan must be removed. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Place a drain pan underneath the transaxle pan, then remove the pan attaching bolts except on the four corners of the pan.
- Loosen the four attaching bolts on the corners approximately four turns each, but do not remove them.
- Very carefully pry the pan loose on one corner. You can use a small prybar for this if you work CAREFULLY. Do not distort the pan flange, or score the mating surface of the transaxle case. You'll be very sorry later if you do. As the pan is pried loose, all of the fluid is going to come pouring out.
- Carefully break the other corners loose until fluid is flowing steadily from the entire pan.
- After the fluid is down flowing, remove one corner bolt and attempt to drain any remaining fluid. Remove the remaining bolts and remove the pan and gasket. Throw away the gasket.
- Clean the pan with solvent and allow it to air dry. If you use a rag to wipe out the pan, you risk leaving bits of lint behind, which will clog the dinky hydraulic passages in the transaxle.
- Remove and discard the filter and the O-ring seal.
- Install a new filter and O-ring, locating the filter against the dipstick stop.
- Position a new gasket on the pan, then install the pan. Tighten the bolts evenly and in rotation to 8 ft. lbs. (11 Nm.). Do not overtighten.
- Add approximately 4 qts. (3.8 L) of DEXRON®III or IIE automatic transmission fluid to the transaxle through the vent cap. You will need a long necked funnel, or a funnel and tube to do this.
- With the transaxle in P , put on the parking brake, block the front wheels, start the engine and let it idle. DO NOT RACE THE ENGINE. DO NOT MOVE THE LEVER THROUGH ITS RANGES.
- Check the fluid level. If it's OK, take the car out for a short drive, park on a level surface, and check the level again, as outlined earlier in this section. Add more fluid if necessary. Be careful not to overfill, which will cause foaming and fluid loss.