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    transaxel filter

    Need some input on transaxel,I changed the trans. filter on my 80 cdv. and it was quite easy,I now have a 97 sts,is it more involved to change transaxel filter and fluid,also, cant find dipstick for transaxel,there probably isn't one,
    the manual says to check trans. fluid when you change te oil.
    Thanks for any help on this.

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    Re: transaxel filter

    The "dip stick" is more like the P/S stick. Attached to the cap. It is under the air intake duct. Fluid change is a little different. The filter is in the trans and only gets changed at tear down. There are 2 reusable screens that you can clean if necessary. Gasket is reusable. There is a side cover drain by the wire loom that needs to be pulled to drain the side cover once the pan is down.

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    Re: transaxel filter

    Quote Originally Posted by creeker View Post
    Need some input on transaxel,I changed the trans. filter on my 80 cdv. and it was quite easy,I now have a 97 sts,is it more involved to change transaxel filter and fluid,also, cant find dipstick for transaxel,there probably isn't one,
    the manual says to check trans. fluid when you change te oil.
    Thanks for any help on this.
    forgot to ask,does all the trans. fluid come out when you change the fliter?.

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    Re: transaxel filter

    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger View Post
    The "dip stick" is more like the P/S stick. Attached to the cap. It is under the air intake duct. Fluid change is a little different. The filter is in the trans and only gets changed at tear down. There are 2 reusable screens that you can clean if necessary. Gasket is reusable. There is a side cover drain by the wire loom that needs to be pulled to drain the side cover once the pan is down.


    Thank you

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    Re: transaxel filter

    No, you won't get the fluid out of the torque converter unless you pull the cooling line at the radiator side tank and pump it out.

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    Re: transaxel filter

    In the center of the pic, the black cap with the red print on it. Transaxle dipstick. Check with engine running in P, warm. There will be no oil on it with engine off. Dry sump.

    The intake resonator has been removed and the hole plugged.

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    Re: transaxel filter

    My opinion is
    Part 1
    If your Filter is plugged or restricted Your Trans is JUNK.
    Part 2
    Your fluid breaks down. It Oxidizes. You must change the fluid.

    I had some training a few years back on the Allison trans and they went into trans fluid versus temp and oxidation. Before that I was all for dropping the pan. After an hour or two of trans fluid training I changed my mind. Just Exchange the fluid without dropping the pan.

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