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Old 07-21-2006, 09:02 PM   #1
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Default How to change the automatic transmission fluid?

I just bought this '03 Ion and need to know how to change the fluid. I understand there is no filter to change? Is there a drain plug? I see the dipstick up front, can I just suck the fluid from there with a vacuum changer? What is the capacity?

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Old 07-21-2006, 09:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: How to change the automatic transmission fluid?

Don't screw around with it. If you don't believe me, then go ahead and use the SEARCH function to find the answer. If that doesn't turn up anything, ask your dealership about it.

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Old 07-21-2006, 09:24 PM   #3
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Default Re: How to change the automatic transmission fluid?

I did try the SEARCH function but found no actual information on changing the fluid or the capacity. If I ask the dealer, they will just want to sell me a service.

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Old 07-21-2006, 10:09 PM   #4
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Default Re: How to change the automatic transmission fluid?

atikovi- I copy and paste from earlyer question you had.

Just more info,
Some ION's for 03 have a VTI trans or the 5speed auto. WATCH WHAT FLUID YOU USE. Call your local dealer for info.I belive only Saturn has the correct fluid. If it's a VTI there is a addtive also
The owners manuel can be gotten at the dealer also.
Change the coolant now.
(this is my 2 cents here) use AC delco plugs
Fuel filter ,plugs and coolant you can get at good quality auto parts store

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Old 07-23-2006, 04:19 PM   #5
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Default Re: How to change the automatic transmission fluid?

Found a plate on the transmission that says its a Aisin model so it takes the T-IV fluid. Saturn wants over $10 a quart but I found the same fluid at a Toyota dealer for $3.75 a quart wholesale so I bought a case. I used a MityVac suction oil changer and got 4 1/2 quarts out of the transmission. Refilled it with the same amount of new fluid and drove it on the highway for 10 miles and repeated this procedure once again. Before changing, the fluid looked like CocaCola on the dip stick, now it looks like cough syrup, just like it came from the bottle of new fluid. I think I'll buy 2 more quarts and do this a third time for good measure instead of just storing away the 3 remaining quarts I have.

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Old 07-23-2006, 11:49 PM   #6
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You're kiddin right?

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