Mazda 323/MX-3/626/MX-6/Millenia/Protégé 1990-1998 and Ford Probe 1993-1997

Automatic Transaxle (ATX)

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS



DEXRON®II or M-III® automatic transmission fluid is required.

LEVEL CHECK



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Park the car on a level surface and apply the parking brake. Run the engine to warm up the transaxle fluid.
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  3. Shift the transaxle through all ranges and return the lever to the P position.
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  5. With the engine still idling, remove the dipstick and wipe it clean, then insert it firmly. Be certain that it has been pushed fully home. Remove the dipstick and check the fluid level while holding the dipstick horizontally. The level should be at or near the high mark. The dipstick has a high and low mark on both sides, which are accurate for level indications when the fluid is hot (normal operating temperature), or at other than normal operating temperature.
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Fig. Fig. 1: To check the ATX fluid level, first remove the dipstick, wipe it clean then reinsert it and remove it again



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Fig. Fig. 2: Read the fluid level on the dipstick. Ensure that it reads Full (hot or cold), if not ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... place a funnel into the dipstick tube and add enough of the proper grade of oil to achieve a Full reading on the dipstick

  1. If the fluid level is below the low mark, place a funnel on the dipstick tube and add Dexron®II or M-III® type automatic transmission fluid, one half pint (0.23L) at a time. Check the level often between additions, being careful not to overfill the transmission.
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DRAIN, REFILL & FILTER SERVICE



See Figures 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11

  1. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  3. Support the left-hand crossmember with a screw-type jack, or equivalent.
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  5. Remove the bolts and nuts from the front of the left-hand crossmember.
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  7. Remove the nuts and the transaxle mount through bolt from the rear of the crossmember.
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  9. Carefully lower the screw-type jack, allowing the crossmember to swing toward the left-hand side of the vehicle.
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  11. Position a drain pan under the transaxle.
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Some 1995 models and all 1996-98 models are also equipped with a drain plug. Remove the plug to drain the fluid, then remove the transmission oil pan to service the filter/strainer assembly.

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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove all but two transmission pan retaining bolts, then loosen the two remaining bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... and carefully break the seal between the pan and transmission case, and allow the fluid to drain



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the two remaining bolts and carefully lower the fluid pan. If necessary, tilt the pan to drain the remaining fluid from it

  1. Loosen the pan retaining bolts and drain the fluid from the transaxle.
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  3. When the fluid has drained to the level of the pan flange, remove the pan retaining bolts, working from the rear, to allow it to drop and drain slowly.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Thoroughly clean the fluid pan and remove all traces of the old gasket from it. Also inspect and clean the debris magnet (arrow)



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Fig. Fig. 8: Also remove the old gasket from the transmission case



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the filter attaching screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 10: ... then lower the filter assembly and discard it



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Fig. Fig. 11: Ensure that the old filter O-ring (arrow) did not stick in the transmission case. The new filter should come with a new O-ring

  1. When all the fluid has been drained, remove the pan and clean it thoroughly. Discard the pan gasket.
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  3. Remove and discard the transmission fluid filter and the filter-to-body gasket. The filter should not be reused or cleaned as the element material could contaminate the transaxle.
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  5. Install a new filter assembly using a new gasket. Tighten the retaining bolts to 69-95 inch lbs. (8-11 Nm).
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  7. Position a new gasket on the pan and install the pan. Tighten the pan retaining bolts to 69-95 inch lbs. (8-11 Nm).
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  9. Swing the left side crossmember into position and support it with the screw-type jack.
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  11. Install the 2 nuts and the left-hand transaxle mount through bolt to the rear of the left-hand crossmember. Tighten the nuts and through bolt to 49-69 ft. lbs. (67-93 Nm).
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  13. Install the 4 bolts and 1 nut to the front of the left-hand crossmember. Tighten the bolts to 27-40 ft. lbs. (36-54 Nm) and the nut to 55-69 ft. lbs. (79-93 Nm).
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  15. Remove the drain pan from under the vehicle. Remove the screw-type jack and then lower the vehicle to the ground.
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  17. Add approximately 7.2 qts. (6.8 liters) of fluid to the transaxle through the filler tube.
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  19. Run the engine and check for leaks. Check the fluid level according to the procedure described earlier.
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