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Old 06-02-2006, 08:02 PM   #2
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Default Re: Oil change/filter & trans fluid /filter job completed

The magnet looks like a big flat washer that goes on the filter where it threads onto the transaxle. As the tech told you, if was MIA, don't worry about it. It was probably removed when the fluid was changed the first time, and once the transaxle is worn in, it (the magnet) is not really necessary. (It was there to catch fine ferrous metal particles in the fluid when the car was new that natuarally occur as the steel gears and clutches "wear in". (Once the transaxle has some miles on it, the gears/clutches are worn in and the particles generated decrease to near zero levels from that point on, just like any other automatic...most manufacturers put a magnet in the lower PAN of their transaxles to accomplish the same thing. No possible in the "S" series as it has no lower pan.)
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