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Old 09-23-2005, 05:29 PM   #1
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Default LS1 Automatic Transmission Fluid Change Info

Hi,
Can anyone post, fax or email me the page (or two) from the factory service manual that covers the automatic transmission fluid service for my 2000 LS1?

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Old 09-23-2005, 09:05 PM   #2
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Hi Max.
Easy really. The filter is just like any other GM vehicle. Remove the trans pan. replace the filter and seal and fill. The trans pan seal is supposed to be reuseable. Don't count on it. To refill locate the red filler cap on the top of the trans at the back of the engine. put in about 5 quarts. Raise the car in the air. Look at the housing near the right axle. You'll see a plug with a 7/16 head start the car run through all the gears. Remove the plug. Fill until trans fluid starts to come out. Trans full. Reinstall the plug.

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Old 09-26-2005, 01:06 PM   #3
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Default Re: LS1 Automatic Transmission Fluid Change Info

Thanks for the info! That should be enough for me to get the job done, although I would still like to have a copy of the procedure from the service manual. What is the recommended GM fluid type?

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Old 09-27-2005, 10:10 PM   #4
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Transmission Oil Filter and Seal Replacement

-Position the vehicle on a hoist and raise the vehicle.
-Place a drain pan under the transaxle oil pan.
-Remove the oil pan bolts from the front and sides only.
-Loosen the rear oil pan bolts approximately 4 times.

Notice: Pry the oil pan carefully in order to prevent damage to the transaxle case or the oil pan sealing surfaces.

-Lightly tap the oil pan with a rubber mallet or carefully pry in order to allow the oil to drain.
-Inspect the fluid color.
-Remove the remaining oil pan bolts and the oil pan.
-Remove the oil pan gasket.
-Remove the oil level control valve.
-Remove the oil filter and oil filter O-ring seal. The seal may stay in case when filter is removed.

Important: Do not score or damage the transaxle case when removing the filter neck seal.

-Using a chisel, indent the top of the filter neck seal to relax the press fit.
-Remove the filter neck seal from the transaxle case and discard.
-Remove all traces of the old gasket material.
-Clean the transaxle case and oil pan gasket surfaces with solvent, and allow it to air dry.

Installation Procedure

Notice: Use petroleum jelly when lubricating the components. Greases other than petroleum jelly will change the transaxle fluid characteristics and will cause undesirable shift conditions or filter clogging.

-Install a new filter neck seal. A large socket can be used as an installation tool as shown. Two mallets can be used as well.
-Coat the new filter O-ring seal with a small amount of petroleum jelly, and install the filter into the case.

Notice: Push straight down on the center of the oil level control valve in order to prevent damage to the case bore.

-Install the oil level control valve.
-Install the oil pan gasket, the oil pan, and hand start the oil pan bolts.
-Tighten the oil pan bolts to 12 Nm (9 lb ft).
-Lower the vehicle.
-Refill transaxle using DEXRONIII P/N 21019223 or equivalent oil to the specified refill capacity. Refer to Transmission Fluid Checking Procedure.

Specification

The bottom pan removal capacity is approximately 6.5 L (6.9 qt).
The complete overhaul capacity is approximately 9 L (9.5 qt).
The dry capacity is approximately 12.2 L (12.9 qt).

Start the engine. Warm up the transaxle and check for leaks.
Check for proper fluid level. Refer to Transmission Fluid Checking Procedure.

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Old 09-27-2005, 10:22 PM   #5
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Transmission Fluid Checking Procedure (Level Check)
1. Start the engine and operate the vehicle until the transaxle fluid temperature reaches at least 40C (104F).
2. Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever through all the gear ranges, pausing a few seconds in each range. Return the shift lever to the PARK range.

Important: For 4-cylinder vehicles only, perform steps 3-5.

Important: Note the original position of the AIR components, if equipped.

3. Remove the clamp from the AIR hose behind the cooling fan.
4. Separate the AIR tube from the hose and push the tube back towards the transaxle.
5. Remove the hose clip holding the 2 power steering lines together.

Caution: Ensure that the vehicle is properly supported and squarely positioned. To help avoid personal injury when a vehicle is on a hoist, provide additional support for the vehicle on the opposite end from which the components are being removed.

6. Raise the vehicle. The vehicle must be level, with the engine running.

Caution: The transaxle fluid is hot. Caution must be taken to prevent personal injury when the transaxle fluid drains from the transaxle.

7. Remove the transaxle level plug with the engine running.
8. Check the fluid level. The fluid level should be even with the bottom of the threaded plug hole.
9. Check the condition of the transaxle fluid. Refer to Check Fluid Check in this service manual.

Notice: Saturn automatic transaxle fluid (ATF), P/N 21005966 and P/N 21019223, is not compatible with this transaxle. If Saturn ATF is used, transaxle damage will result.

10. If the fluid level is low, add DEXRON III automatic transaxle fluid in increments of 0/47 liters (0.5 quarts) until the fluid drains from the plug hole. If more than 1.5 liters (1.6 quarts) of fluid needs to be added to the transaxle, the transaxle may have a leak. Refer to Fluid Leak Diagnosis and Repair.

Important: Before installing the transaxle level plug, apply LOCTITE Threadlocker 242.

11. Allow the fluid to finish draining from the plug hole. Install the plug and wipe any excess fluid from the transaxle with a rag or shop towel.
Tighten the transaxle fluid level plug to 12 Nm (9 lb ft).

Important: For 4-cylinder vehicles only, perform steps 11-14.


12. Install the hose clip to the 2 power steering lines.
13. Pull the AIR tube back to the original position.

Important: The clamp must be installed with the locking portion facing down.

14. Insert the tube into the hose and install the clamp.

Important: There is a stand-off clip between the A.I.R. tube and the wiring harness at the front of the transaxle. This must be in place to eliminate the possibility of chafing between the tube and the harness.

15.Ensure the stand-off clip between the AIR tube and the wiring harness is installed correctly.

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Old 10-16-2005, 08:16 PM   #6
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:38 PM   #7
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I wonder what happened with this guy? Did he try to follow LS1 instructions with his SL1? I don't know anything about S series cars to know if there is major difference in servicing procedures.

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