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Cadillac Catera and Cimarron Forum Discussion, Transmission Fluid Change in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Originally Posted by MoistCabbage 1 hours labor plus fluid. What do you mean by a "grind" between shifts? Any actual ...
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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Quote Originally Posted by MoistCabbage View Post
    1 hours labor plus fluid.

    What do you mean by a "grind" between shifts? Any actual grinding in a transmission is terminal.
    There's a lag between 2nd and 3rd gear. It's okay at low rpms, but at higher revs it becomes more obvious.

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    Lag as in the shift is delayed, or is there time during the shift when there is no drive?

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Yes, the shift is delayed, and there is an apparent vibration that is not apparent between other gears. In other words, it isn't smoother than other gears

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Either worn clutches or torque convertorrrrr

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    There is a chance it's a solenoid problem, but driving it while it's slipping during the shift isn't doing it any favors. Have you had the codes pulled? If not, head to Auto Zone and have them do so for you. Just don't let them sell you any snake oils to "fix" the problem.

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    transmission fluid need to be change 50-60k if u want keep your transmission running smooth and extend life time. but u definitely need to change oil if u get 100k on catera!!! im not recommend to change it by your self, if its reached over 100k!!!!!! that transmission is "sealed" type, its need to be flushed!!! with special machine that shops own. they also will change filter and gaskets. but u be fine if u will do it by your self ONLY if u will get oil from dealer!!! will replace filter and gaskets but between 50-60k ONLY!!!
    just like i said !!!! if its reach 100k or over u need to do Flush or u will damage transmission. Also for u to know its not that easy get right level on that type of transmission.
    there is two oil pans. one have filter in it, second pan - where all solenoids located and pan have refilling plug. when u take down smaller pan replace filter and gasket, refill with new oil (from dealer) alway up before u screw it back.
    second pan, when u drop it down just drain it and replace gasket, then refill until oil will start to come out from plug. screw plug back, drive for a few miles until oil will get hot, let car seat for 1 min. and then check level (oil should be even with refiling plug) if oil coming out let it come out, if it's low and now even with refilling hole just add oil (but when u check level your whole car have to be even!!!! with rear, u can't lift front cuz oil level will not be right on level for u to check !!!!!) AND last. just like I said that kind procedure u can do by your self only between - 50-60k if it over 100k take it to shop for flush !!!!!

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