Mazda 323/626/929/GLC/MX-6/RX-7 1978-1989

Fluid Pan

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

  1. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  3. Place a drain pan under the transmission pan.
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  5. Remove the drain plug located at the lower part of the transaxle and drain the fluid. If the plug gasket is worn, replace it.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Automatic transaxle drain plug location

  1. On 1988-89 626s and MX-6s, remove the left-side splash shield.
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  3. Loosen the oil pan retaining bolts and lower the oil pan and gasket to the ground. Remove the gasket and discard it.
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  5. Wipe the inside of the pan and the gasket sealing surfaces with a clean rag. If there are magnets on the bottom of the pan, note where they are attached. Remove them to clean the pan, but remember to put them back in their original positions.
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  7. Install the new gasket onto the pan and raise the pan onto the transaxle. Make sure the gasket mates evenly with the groove in the pan.
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  9. Install the retaining bolts and torque them in a crisscross pattern to 67-95 inch lbs. (8-11 Nm). DO NOT overtighten the bolts. It doesn't take much torque to compress the gasket and form a good seal. Check frequently to ensure the gasket is installed properly.
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  11. On 1988-89 626s and MX-6s, install the left-side splash shield.
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  13. Wipe off the threads of the plug and install the gasket. Install the drain plug and tighten it into the bottom of the transaxle.
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  15. Fill the transaxle to the proper level. Start the engine and check the fluid level (see General Information & Maintenance ). Check for fluid leaks around the pan sealing surface and the drain plug.
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STRAINER SERVICE



  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Place a drain pan under the transmission pan.
  4.  
  5. Remove the drain plug located at the lower part of the transaxle and drain the transaxle fluid.
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  7. Remove the oil pan and gasket as described above.
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  9. Unbolt and remove the oil strainer from the valve body. If the strainer is clogged or deformed, replace it.
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  11. Remove and discard the O-ring from the strainer outlet.
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  13. Coat the new O-ring with fresh transmission oil and install the O-ring into the stainer outlet.
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  15. Install the strainer onto the valve body and secure with the bolts. Torque the bolts to 67-95 inch lbs. (8-11 Nm).
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  17. Install the oil pan with a new gasket.
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  19. Install the drain plug and fill the transaxle to the proper level. Start the engine and check the fluid level (see General Information & Maintenance ). Check for fluid leaks around the pan sealing surface and the drain plug.
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