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Old 03-08-2012, 11:36 AM   #21
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Labour ~ $80. Good OEM fluid no less than $160, filter around $100. But it shouldnt take more than an hour. Hell, with a stand like that you can change all the liquids yourself, skip the labour rate and learn something new.
mmmmm...don't have a shop garage in my home garage. so labor for this is a must.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #22
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I watched the video once but i think i missed something. The guy said he had to level the tranny pan. Did i miss the reason why or was it explained later? Cant watch it again-firewall.
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I watched the video once but i think i missed something. The guy said he had to level the tranny pan. Did i miss the reason why or was it explained later? Cant watch it again-firewall.
No he never goes back to it.

I assumed it had to be because the way the pan drains when you drain the old fluid and when you top it off?

The kept emphasizing the importance of the draining and topping off procedures
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Old 03-08-2012, 12:57 PM   #24
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I guess if not leveled, there's the possibility of an air pocket appearing after you top it off? Hmm.
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Leveling the pan allows it to properly drain and allows you to properly hit your fill level.
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I watched the video once but i think i missed something. The guy said he had to level the tranny pan. Did i miss the reason why or was it explained later? Cant watch it again-firewall.
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No he never goes back to it.

I assumed it had to be because the way the pan drains when you drain the old fluid and when you top it off?

The kept emphasizing the importance of the draining and topping off procedures
maybe I can help since I have changed my tranny fluids plenty of times (every 30-40K).

the main reason why you have to ensure that your car is level is because the main method of "measuring" whether you have the right amount of fluid inside the tranny oil pan is when it started to drip out of the fill hole. once fluid start dripping you want to stop.

now...imagine this.

vehicle is dip toward the front (away from the fill hole). you will end up putting more fluid inside the tranny.

vehicle is dip toward the back (toward the fill hole)...you will end up putting in less fluid.

I hope this helps. good luck!
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Leveling the pan allows it to properly drain and allows you to properly hit your fill level.
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how about my post/contributions? He (ECS) beat me to the punch by 3 nanoseconds <---I actually counted it. damn dialup!
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So you're holding the D4 ATF from Redline....I hear fantastic things from them and the quality, but why are people so religious when it comes to putting the same fluid back in? I think Redline passes those specs up, and then some.

Also, some auto people say that after changing the fluid, their trannies crap out soon after...this doesn't make sense, and has always boogled me. Can you explain these two questions please?
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So you're holding the D4 ATF from Redline....I hear fantastic things from them and the quality, but why are people so religious when it comes to putting the same fluid back in? I think Redline passes those specs up, and then some.

Also, some auto people say that after changing the fluid, their trannies crap out soon after...this doesn't make sense, and has always boogled me. Can you explain these two questions please?
Some people also die right after going to the doctor's office. Does that mean you automatically blame the doctor? This has been discussed since the internet has existed. But I'm guessing you're young and don't know how to search and have limited forum experience.

That myth you hear is an old wives tale and is retold by barnyard mechanics and idiots on forums everywhere. Since automatic transmissions have a high failure rate at high mileage, any failures can be falsely attributed to recent oil changes. Further, many people install the wrong oil in their transmissions without knowing it, and blame the fluid change. There's many many backstories behind the myth, but in the end they're all false.
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Also I'll add, if your transmission is on its last legs, it will fail regardless of whether or not you change the fluid. Just don't change it or you'll end up blaming the fluid.
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Yeah no doubt Flashtwosix! You are without a doubt one of the best advisers here!

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how about my post/contributions? He (ECS) beat me to the punch by 3 nanoseconds <---I actually counted it. damn dialup!
Wait! What! you have like 5 BMW cars parked in front your house and you have dial up internet in your home...


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flashtwosix - you had a lot more typing to do and our connection at the office is pretty quick

Sweetness - E46Mango took the words right out of my mouth.... well using slightly more colorful descriptions but none the less same info very clearly given.
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So you're holding the D4 ATF from Redline....I hear fantastic things from them and the quality, but why are people so religious when it comes to putting the same fluid back in? I think Redline passes those specs up, and then some.

Also, some auto people say that after changing the fluid, their trannies crap out soon after...this doesn't make sense, and has always boogled me. Can you explain these two questions please?
I got Redline D4 ATF from ECS as well. It has been 5k miles since I changed the fluid. No problems at all. It doesn't hurt to change it.

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I got Redline D4 ATF from ECS as well. It has been 5k miles since I changed the fluid. No problems at all. It doesn't hurt to change it.

I am sorry, what is the yellow 75W90? Gear oil?
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differential fluid.
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where does that go?
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