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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; The meter was reset at 85000 miles. I reset mine accidently. How was the fluid when it spilled out ? ...
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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    The meter was reset at 85000 miles. I reset mine accidently. How was the fluid when it spilled out ? Black and nasty ? Clean ?

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    it was kinda dark reddish brown didnt smell burnt the reason i wanted to check is because it leaks a couple drops but i checked yesterday and it looks like from the steering gear/ rack and pinion

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    If I were in your shoes, I'd have someone else clean up after me. I'd want the tranny totally filled (you've lost some fluid) and that requires running the engine with the transmission in park while its filled. The proceedure is in a DIY thread.

    If you have the bucks, let the Caddy dealer do it, go with the powerflush for $200.

    If money is tight, drain and refill at a chain of specialists, making sure first that they know how to fill it right.

    I've got 104,428 on mine tonight and mine is a 2006. It loves to be driven, but the wobbly tensioner is keeping me from playing. I got up too late to do anything but add a splash of oil to it today, but maybe I can change out the tensioner tommorow.

    Why don't you fill in everything you've done for 100,000 miles on this thread ?
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums...008-miles.html

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Ok gang i'm about to get my tranny fluid changed on my 2004 3.6L VVT CTS, which has about 112,000 km right now. Now my question is should i just do a drain and fill? powerflush? or drain, drop the pan and change filter and gasket?
    Not to sure which way to go here, is it necessary and advisable to replace filter and gasket?
    Just want to make sure i do what's right and won't end up damaging the vehicle...

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    i personally would do a drain and fill, then another drain and fill...but this is a highly debatable topic

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    I went with the dealer recommendation. They said my fluid was just a little dark, so after getting their assurance that they'd stand behind the proceedure if I developed any trouble, I let them do it. They didn't drop the pan or change the filter. Under $250 USD.

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Quote Originally Posted by txbest1980 View Post
    i personally would do a drain and fill, then another drain and fill...but this is a highly debatable topic
    hmmm a double drain and fill, could you please explain why? and thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by X Rolls-Royce View Post
    I went with the dealer recommendation. They said my fluid was just a little dark, so after getting their assurance that they'd stand behind the proceedure if I developed any trouble, I let them do it. They didn't drop the pan or change the filter. Under $250 USD.
    They didn't drop the pan or change the filter? Why my friend?
    I would think the dealer if anybody would probably know what's best for the CTS correct?
    How many litres does the 2004 3.6L V6 VVT CTS require, i've read on here that it's 7Litres, is that correct? much thanks again!!

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    bump

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Quote Originally Posted by 74chvy glasshouse View Post
    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
    This what you wanted to know, Kad ? Haven't you got your owner's manual ? Its in the Capacities & Specifications section.

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    I'm planning to service my transmission, and I would like to buy the filter an other required stuff from GM; can you give the GM's part numbers? Thx.

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Quote Originally Posted by s_tharsan View Post
    I've completed my transmission fluid change. I notice a huge difference while driving my CTS after the fluid change. Hope this information helps.
    WOW !!! great write up thank you and all the fellow members on here for all the help full knowledge and advice !

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Quote Originally Posted by txbest1980 View Post
    that sounds about it...recently i had a tranny hose pop off and i lost a little over 5 quarts of tranny fluid. the only thing that sucks, is filling the damn thing up can take forever without the right tools
    Same thing just happened to me last weekend. Happened at home in the driveway and I spotted it at the gas station a mile from home. I was lucky to have made it to a nearby repair shop just in time. Really lucky it didn't happen on the highway. I did some research on this site and found that it is a common problem. No warning, nothing catastrophic like accidentally running over something to cause this, it just happened. Must be yet another design flaw, and a serious one at that. I have roughly 87k miles on it.

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    I called the local dealer and asked how many trans cooler line issues he's seen....I asked for the "no Bull" response. Whether I got it was another matter, but he did say he's seen the issue and that the lines being replaced should be good for a couple years. I mentioned I was thinking of the separate trans cooler he said, considering the age of the car and the cost to replace the stock lines, it would be a no brainer to pass the radiator for any future repair.
    On the trans fluid subject, I did dump and fill today. The fill plug was seriously on too tight (note to everyone to please loosen (not remove) the fill plug before you drain the trans. I didn't even jack the car as I really wanted to keep the car level and I could access everything. I made up a series of extensions and a knuckle to fit into the T45 and then just impacted it loose. Drained then poured everything I drained into a large semi clear jug and marked the level. Then poured out the fluid and refilled the same jug to the same fluid level. It was about 4.5 quarts. Used this
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    to pump the fluid out of the large jug and into the trans. My son did the pumping while I held the tube in place. A bit messy when I had to clamp off the hose to start the engine, run through the gears then back to pumping. Even messier when I told him to stop and he kept pumping as I took the hose out of the trans. So much for a 14 year old helping. Anyway, one more dump and fill and I should have drained all the fluid.
    BTW, Walmart sells Dexron 6 for less than $4 a quart. Not too bad.

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Quote Originally Posted by JCT7703 View Post
    I'm planning to service my transmission, and I would like to buy the filter an other required stuff from GM; can you give the GM's part numbers? Thx.
    Just take your vin number to the parts counter at GM and ask for transmission fluid, pan gasket and filter.

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    Re: Transmission Fluid Change

    Im in the process of doing the transmission oil change, as we speak. Ive got as far as replacing the filter. Now, i have seen 4.5 quarts, 7 quarts and even heard 9 quarts. This need to be straightened out ASAP. Also, my transmission pan does not have a drain plug. I had to remove the entire pan in order to drain the fluid.

    Ok, i called Auto Zone, Oriellys, Advanced auto parts. They all said that the intial fill, just draining the fluid and refilling it is 5 quarts....


    5 quarts guys.....

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