How to change a Manual cars Transmission Fluid

by carserviceaccount11. September 2012 14:29

Your about to change your Manuals Transmission fluid but first it's always a good idea to check your transmission fluid. This can be done by pulling out the Transmission dip stick usually located at the back of your engine. If your transmission fluid is low you can simply top it up but placing a very thin funnel or by using a Transmission syringe into the dipstick hole, and pouring in the fluid, until the dipstick reads full.

If you pull out the dipstick and the fluid is dirty, and smells burnt then you should consult your mechanic as you may have a problem with your transmission that cannot be solved by changing your transmission fluid.

If it’s clear pink or red and still smells sweet, and it’s been at least 30,000km since the last time you changed your transmission fluid, well then your good to go.

Remember: Changing your Transmission Fluid in a Manual vehicle is different to changing the Transmission Fluid in an Automatic vehicle So make sure you follow the correct instructions.

How to change your Manuals Transmission Fluid

When changing your Manual’s transmission fluid it is recommended you buy a transmission fluid pump. The pump is a relatively cheap item that you can purchase at the same time as your transmission fluid, and will make the change easier

     Unlike other fluid changes it is recommended you change your transmission fluid while the vehicle is still warm. let your car cool down, so it is no longer hot, but the bonnet is still warm

  1. Jack up the front of your vehicle, and secure it with axle Jack stands. Make sure you put blocks under your rear tyres to prevent the car from rolling.
  2. Firstly it’s time to locate your transmission. This will be under the area where you transmission dipstick is located.
  3. Next locate two bolts. One is the Filler Bolt, and one is the drain bolt. You want to unscrew – but not remove the filler bolt first, this is the bolt that is higher up the transmission area.
  4. Now it’s time to place your large pain under the vehicle and undo the drain bolt. This time remove it completely. Be careful fluid will begin to drain out of the transmission straight away. Let all the transmission fluid drain out.
  5. While the transmission fluid is draining Clean the bolts. The drain bolt usually has a magnet that catches metal shavings so make sure you clean it of really well. Now undo the filler bolt, and clean that too. Clean around both the holes, when the fluid has finished draining.
  6. Replace the drain bolt in the drain hole. Tighten it by hand before using tools to tighten it. This is to make sure the bolt hasn’t cross threaded.
  7. Now it’s time to refill the transmission with fluid. Wash out your Transmission pump with a little bit of the new transmission fluid. This is to make sure that there is nothing that could be harmful going into the engine.
  8. Now place the Transmission pump tube into the filler hole, and use that to fill the transmission fluid. When it’s full the fill hole will start leaking fluid, into the pan that’s still under the car. 
  9. Replace and tighten the filler plug, and wipe away the excess fluid from around the hole.
  10. Lower your car off the jacks, and let the car idle for a couple of minutes then take it for a short test drive. Check the dipstick to make sure the fluid is at the full line...if it isn't top up the Transmission Fluid through the dipstick hole and your ready to go!

Important: Each vehicle recommends it's own type and sometimes brand of Transmission Fluid. This will be listed in your Owner's Manual or at your local Automobile parts store ie: Super Cheap Auto or Repco.

Otherwise it is recommended you contact your closest dealership or licenced mechanic for information on your vehicles Transmission Fluid.

You can find your closest dealership or authorised mechanic at

For information on Transmission Fluid see - Transmission Fluid.

If you have a Manual vehicle see - How to change an Automatic cars Transmission Fluid.


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