Pontiac Fiero 1984-1988 Repair Guide

Fluid Pan

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 The automatic transaxle pan must be removed to allow access to the transaxle filter

Use only fluid labeled Dexron®II. Use of other fluids could cause erratic shifting and transmission damage.

  1. Disconnect the negative (-) battery cable.
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  3. Raise your vehicle and support it safely with jackstands.
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  5. Remove the front and side pan bolts.
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  7. Loosen the rear bolts about four turns.
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  9. Carefully pry the oil pan loose and allow the fluid to drain.
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  11. Remove the remaining bolts, the pan, and the gasket or RTV sealant. Discard the old gasket.
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  13. Clean the pan with solvent and dry it thoroughly, with compressed air.
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  15. Remove the strainer, filter and O-ring seal.
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  17. Install a new transaxle filter and O-ring seal, locating the strainer against the dipstick stop.
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Always replace the filter with a new one. Do not attempt to clean the old one.

  1. Install a new gasket or RTV sealant then tighten the pan bolts to 12 ft. lbs. (15 Nm).
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  3. Lower the car and add about 4 quarts of Dexron®II transmission fluid. Reconnect the negative (-) battery cable.
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  5. Start the engine and let idle. Block the wheels and apply the parking brake.
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  7. Move the shift lever through the ranges. With the lever in "PARK", check the fluid level and add as necessary. Do not overfill the transaxle.
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The transmission fluid currently being used may appear to be darker and have a strong odor. This is normal and not a sign of required maintenance or transmission failure.

 
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