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Old 03-07-2006, 09:13 PM   #1
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Default Changing the manual trans fluid L200

I'm normally not such an apparent idiot - but I don't see any obvious means to drain and refill my manual transmission on my 01' L200. I'm at 67k, and do a fair amount of light towing - figure it's due. Any help out there?

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Old 03-08-2006, 04:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

Someone MUST know how to do this? C'mon, help me out here.

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Old 03-08-2006, 04:09 PM   #3
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Don't feel left out.
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Old 03-09-2006, 10:02 AM   #4
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

What, is this some highly guarded secret designed to force owners to go back to the outrageously overpriced dealer service arena?

Ok - another question. Do either the Haynes or Chilton manuals cover this? (Someone must have one...) I'll glady go buy one if they do... Still be about $75 cheaper overall than the dealer service charge.

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Old 03-09-2006, 10:09 AM   #5
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

a chiltons or hayes manual will tell you. $12-$15.not bad and not a waste considering you will probably use it often

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Old 03-09-2006, 05:25 PM   #6
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I'm feeling the need for a drill and tap excursion. Stupid car.

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Old 03-09-2006, 10:39 PM   #7
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

I just looked in my Haynes manual. It's not in there...

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Old 03-10-2006, 05:09 AM   #8
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

There is a drain plug on the drivers side of the trans, behind the axle. Take it out with the fluid very warm, but not hot enough to scald. Let drain for a few minutes, replace drain plug. Fill plug is actually about 5 inches or so above it and to the right, in the most awkward spot ever. Take hte fill plug out, pour Saturn manual transaxle lubricant P/N 21018899 into the fill hole until it comes out of it..... literally. You know it is full when the fluid drains from the fill hole.

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Old 03-12-2006, 06:16 PM   #9
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

And get ready to pay almost 50 bucks for 2 qts of the saturn manual fluid what a scam!

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Old 03-13-2006, 04:29 AM   #10
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

WOW, at the dealer I work at it is only $12-13/qt..... Something is up there. Now the RDM fluid, that is some expensive stuff, so is DEX CVT....

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Old 03-17-2006, 04:56 PM   #11
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

I put Mobil ATF in there based on advice from a local mechanic. Am I asking for trouble? (btw, those plugs are 8mm hex for those interested... and the Chilton manual doesn't really cover this either.)

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Old 03-17-2006, 08:33 PM   #12
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

I believe the getrag behind the ecotec uses normal ATF, you should be fine. (Its quite a step up actually)

If I remember right, when I had a 4cyl vue I was going to put mobil1 ATF in the case...

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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

hi redsput, big daddy and other sages- have wrestled with this issue. what I found out- this trans comes from the factory with red atf in it. Lseries owner manual says to change its fluid at 100 k miles. mine has 187k since new, no fluid change. no problem, shifts fine. problem is to remove the top plug to check and fill the trans is very awkward - very difficult to access and apply adequate leverage. normal 8mm allen wrench itself twists when torked. concerned about stripping the 6point hole in the plug face. then you would be faced with a genuine clusterf!#$k. bet shyster would say have to remove the trans to remove plug. brutha would that be a trip to the cleaners. helluva engineering design. hope a sage here has a better answer than me. thanks tons bob f btw- no diagram/picture in Haynes or chilton, but dealer service manual for 01 Saturn L100 has a picture of the side of the transaxle depicting the positions of the fill and drain plugs. years ago a Saturn service manager ran me a copy of this for free.(Chevrolet dealers have these Saturn service manuals now probably would only charge you $100 for it today).

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Old 10-30-2019, 10:41 PM   #14
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Default Re: Changing the manual trans fluid L200

I actually did this on my LS1 (scrapped last year). The plugs are secured with thread locking compound (glue). I still have the 8mm hex key with the short end cut down. I used a small pipe over the long end of the key. Watch your knuckles when it lets go. A bit of heat might help. They key does flex quite a bit. The Factory Manual (I still have these) says to drain, fill, drain, fill again. Not likely at that fluid cost (relabeled Castrol MTF 0060). One tip I have used for a number of jobs: I have a small scissor jack that can be located between the body/frame and the engine or tranny, then jacked a bit to give more room to work. You deflect the rubber mounts a bit. But I don't think I used this trick for this job. But it was a looong time ago. One more thing- a moly oil additive for the MT is magic stuff.

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