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replacing manual tranny fluid

Someone want to give me a semi detail how to?
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Take out the bottom plug and then the top plug, drain fluids. and refill. It is a little tricky to refill as you can not get a bottle up in there to pour. I went and got myself a piece of hose and ran it up into the engine bay with a funnel at the end, then just pour. The second time I did it, my buddy had a pump so we used that.

Its that easy, if you can change motor oil, you can do this.....
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Take out the bottom plug and then the top plug, drain fluids. and refill. It is a little tricky to refill as you can not get a bottle up in there to pour. I went and got myself a piece of hose and ran it up into the engine bay with a funnel at the end, then just pour. The second time I did it, my buddy had a pump so we used that.

Its that easy, if you can change motor oil, you can do this.....
thats pretty much it... very easy and it will only take you about 20 minutes to do it... i bought a amsoil pump that screws onto the bottle so you dont have to worry about a funnel
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wow. i was hoping it was that easy. im aiming to see if this fixes the grind i get going into third. I have a bottle of Lucas too, so about how much fluid and Lucas should i mix in there?
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^^^^^ I don't know about the lucas, me personally I don't like putting additives into my oil. FYI.... My trans use to grind a little bit going into 3rd (once in a while) right before my slave cylinder went......
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don't tell me that goose. I want a simple problem......
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^^^LMAO, sorry buddy. That may not have anything to do with your problem, mine also had a hard time engaging....
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the 3rd grind is common... syncro hating you right now....
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How many quarts do you put in?
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How many quarts do you put in?
about 2 & a half. The fill hole is located so that you don't over-fill. I got the little pump that screw onto the bottle from a discount auto back when they were still around. Just try to get the vehicle as level as possible and fill until the fluid weeps back out of the fill hole.
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Right after I put my new tranny in I discovered my favorite way to fill it back up. Since the shifter was off anyway (and once you do it, its fairly easy again) I just opened the fill hole and put a bucket under it. Then I slowly poured in the ATF through the top of the tranny (where the shifter should be). Once I began hearing overflow I stopped.

I tried with the turkey baster once before that. That was a joke (but it did give the turkey a little different flavor this year)
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Yeah that's the easiest way to do it when you have the shifter out. I had to do it on a jeep that had a rounded off fill plug.
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I tried with the turkey baster once before that. That was a joke (but it did give the turkey a little different flavor this year)
Wow....lmao

It is pretty simple and dumby proof as mentioned. It's just an art trying to get the new fluid back in.

Lucas anything is good stuff. At least everytime I've used it...oil, ps, and gear oil.
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Wow....lmao

It is pretty simple and dumby proof as mentioned. It's just an art trying to get the new fluid back in.

Lucas anything is good stuff. At least everytime I've used it...oil, ps, and gear oil.
Everything Ive read says ATF on our manual trannies. I just use a funnel through the shifter hole (makes the beer taste funny to if you use our beer bong though)
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dont lay down there and look at the plug when u pull it if you dont have something in front of it..

i didnt think about the fact that the hole was on the side the first time around.. yall can figure out the rest, it has a hint of strawberry to it...
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don't tell me that goose. I want a simple problem......
Could be your pilot bearing too, had that problem once, might as well replace the clutch while you are in there too if that is it.
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well i wasnt gonna go digging for this, but someone brought it back. I went to my old work and changed the fluid on a lift yesterday. made work easier. Anyway, it doesnt grind as bad, but its still grinding. looks like im buying tranny parts. going for a centerforce clutch kit, new slave cylinder.
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well i wasnt gonna go digging for this, but someone brought it back. I went to my old work and changed the fluid on a lift yesterday. made work easier. Anyway, it doesnt grind as bad, but its still grinding. looks like im buying tranny parts. going for a centerforce clutch kit, new slave cylinder.
my centerforce kit is on its way back to centerforce after the pressure plate failed around 800 miles!
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they are replacing it though right? never heard of anyone else with a problem from it.
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I have had my Centerforce for a hard driven 10,000 miles with no problems at all.
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