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Cadillac CTS First Generation Forum - 2003 - 2007 Discussion, Transmission Fluid Change in Cadillac CTS Coupe, Sport Sedan and Sport Wagon Forums; I have seen a Haynes for Catera, as well....
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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    I have seen a Haynes for Catera, as well.

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    They have Chilton's/Haynes for almost every car. The CTS is conspicuous by its absence.

    Car people like to know about their cars, and some people, wealthy or not, like to be independent. I'll change my own bulb, I'll wipe my own...you get the point.
    Just because you have money doesn't mean you want to be waited on in every aspect of life.

    Lots of millionaires enjoy changing their own oil. Some guys prefer to carry their own golf clubs, some want caddies and some want to ride around the course on a cart. It takes all kinds. Why does Jay Leno work on his own cars ?

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    not home but I will put up the service manual diagrams. It is the Shiny silver looking one that requinres a torx wrench.

    #36 on my diagram:

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    1. Change the fluid and fluid filter.
    2. Start the engine.
    3. Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever through the gear ranges, pausing a few seconds in each range. Return the shift lever to the PARK range.
    4. Raise the vehicle on a hoist. The vehicle must be level with the engine running and the shift lever in the PARK range.
      Caution

      The engine must be running when the transmission fluid fill plug is removed, or excessive fluid loss will occur. Transmission fluid may be hot. Since the actual fluid level is unknown, stand clear when removing the fill plug. Have a container ready to capture any lost fluid. Do not turn the engine off with the fill plug removed, as you can be injured by hot transmission fluid being expelled out of the oil fill opening.
    5. Let the AT fluid temperature rise until it has reached the specified value. Remove the transmission level hole plug (36).
    6. If needed, add DEXRON®III automatic transmission fluid in increments of 0.5 L (0.5 qt) until the fluid drains from the threaded hole plug.

      Important

      If the level hole plug (36) and O-ring (37) are not damaged, they should be reused.
    7. Allow fluid to finish draining out of the plug hole. Inspect the level hole plug (36) and O-ring (37) for damage. Install the transmission level hole plug (36) and tighten to the specified value.
    8. Wipe any excess fluid from the transmission with a rag or shop towel.

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Jay Leno does not work alone. He has a staff to back him up.
    He is very knowlegdeable about his cars, but if he screws up, he has a bailout waiting.
    carrnuttdave and carrnuttdave like this.

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Quote Originally Posted by Argent1 View Post
    Jay Leno does not work alone. He has a staff to back him up.
    He is very knowlegdeable about his cars, but if he screws up, he has a bailout waiting.
    I don't think he actuall does much work on his cars at all. He just plays with them while his garage staff does all the work!

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    does the gasket need silicone or is it rubber can u reuse old gasket??

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    no gasket does not need silicone. u technically can reuse the old rubber one but a new one should've come with the filter.

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    cool thanks

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    whats good to use to clean the old gasket off the transmission

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    For rubber gaskets I take a shop rag soaked in gasoline, and carefully work my way around using different parts of the rag for each little section. Don't pull too hard or you might tear it in half.

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    7 quarts of fluid ,torx 45, torque wrench ,fluid pump i had another question should the rear of the car be a lil higher when i had the car level it spilled out but the front jackstands were higher than rear

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    That might have been your problem in the first place. Since your plug is at the rear, you'd want the back of the car higher than the front so the fluid will run towards the front of the casing. You left out buckets to fill up, and rags for your hands. One guy got covered in fluid when he did his. Odd enough, he sounded more proud than bothered by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalFlush View Post
    not home but I will put up the service manual diagrams. It is the Shiny silver looking one that requinres a torx wrench.

    #36 on my diagram:

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    1. Change the fluid and fluid filter.
    2. Start the engine.
    3. Depress the brake pedal and move the shift lever through the gear ranges, pausing a few seconds in each range. Return the shift lever to the PARK range.
    4. Raise the vehicle on a hoist. The vehicle must be level with the engine running and the shift lever in the PARK range.
      Caution

      The engine must be running when the transmission fluid fill plug is removed, or excessive fluid loss will occur. Transmission fluid may be hot. Since the actual fluid level is unknown, stand clear when removing the fill plug. Have a container ready to capture any lost fluid. Do not turn the engine off with the fill plug removed, as you can be injured by hot transmission fluid being expelled out of the oil fill opening.
    5. Let the AT fluid temperature rise until it has reached the specified value. Remove the transmission level hole plug (36).
    6. If needed, add DEXRON®III automatic transmission fluid in increments of 0.5 L (0.5 qt) until the fluid drains from the threaded hole plug.

      Important

      If the level hole plug (36) and O-ring (37) are not damaged, they should be reused.
    7. Allow fluid to finish draining out of the plug hole. Inspect the level hole plug (36) and O-ring (37) for damage. Install the transmission level hole plug (36) and tighten to the specified value.
    8. Wipe any excess fluid from the transmission with a rag or shop towel.

    how many quarts of trans fluid do i need? is 7 quarts correct. i went to CHECK the trany fluid level and the same thing happened car was on in park level with the rear a little higher than the front this time took out the FILL plug that i circled #36 on the diagram and fluid came out alot i even put the side with the fill hole a lil higher
    1. should i jack up the left side with the fill plug ONLY to fill/check ?? someone else posted a couple pages back that they filled it this way
    2. could this be the reason why fluid comes out someone has done it this way before??
    3. is it safe for the body to be jacked up on one side??
    4. so if it was done this way is it ok that some spilled out half a quart or less
    im about to give up n take to mechanic plus my jack broke today


    sorry for so many questions but it seems pretty simple especially if i think of myself alittle mechanically inclined i work at a body shop i help remove subframes, transmissions , motors suspensions i also removed my engine and trans on my old chevy and have done several filter canges on TH350 n TH400 's iwould like to do all 100,000 mile services like rolls but cant finish this one

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    I had mine powerflushed by the Cadillac dealer, and they are on the hook for any failure that results. They did not drop the pan or clean the magnet, and they did not change the filter. They said Cadillac recommends against changing the filter now. $212.65.

    A simple drain and fill should be cheaper, especially at a regular place, not the Caddy dealer.

    If you have doubts, there's no shame to having someone else do it. Its a messy job. How many miles are you at ? Under normal conditions the fluid is good for 100,000 miles, 50,000 under hard conditions...real hot climates, racing all the time, etc.

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    103,000

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