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Old 12-20-2007, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How To: 2001 4 speed auto Transmission filter change

OK guys, I am finally doing the write up for my 2001 Corolla 4speed auto transmission drain/filter/refill.

First:

Tools needed:
3 hours for your first time, around 1.5 for your second
14 Millimeter socket
12 Millimeter socket
10 Millimeter socket
Torque wrench
A big plastic sheet
A buddy
Ramps
3.3 quarts of DEX III auto tranny fluid (i used castrol)
White lithium grease
Correct gasket
New filter
Paper towels.

Second:
Make sure the engine, tranny, and fluids are warm. You will drain more this way.
Put the car on ramps., and locate the transmission drain plug.


Third:
Use the 14 MM socket to take out the drain plug and empty out the fluid.


When the fluid slows the draining, Gently, and CAREFULLY push the front suspension up and down, moving the fluid left in the pan. (make sure the e-brake is on).

Fourth:
Put the drain plug back on, and using the 12 MM socket, start to take out the bolts holding on the pan. Make sure you keep them in order, as you are supposed to put them back in the same spot. Make sure the big plastic sheet is underneath your car because you will get old transmission fluid on the pavement underneath if you don't have it.

the pan will come off, and fluid will get everywhere underneath. Wear eye protection.
(18 bolts)

Fifth:

Clean out the pan, and make sure you get the old gasket off as well. you can use simple green to get extra clean, but I just used some lint free paper towels.


Sixth:
When you have the pan down and clean, make sure you clean the magnets very well. There are alot of metal shaving on them, but it feels like a grey cream more than metal.


Seven:
Use the 10 MM socket to get the old filter off. The side that has one bolt is a long bolt. The other two are shorter.


Eigth:
Put the new filter back on. I took some new fluid on the cork gasket. Make sure you use the correct bolts.


Ninth:
Now, with the new filter back on, you need to get the gasket on the pan.

Use the white lithium grease to hold the gasket to the pan.


Tenth:
Clean the bottom of your opened transmission with a lint free cloth to get out any fluid from where the gasket meets the transmission.


Eleventh:
This is were two people are needed. One person needs to hold the pan on it, wile the other puts the bolts on the corners on the pan, holding it on while you can get the other bolts on. The bolts should be tightened to 48 inch pounds. Don't guess, use a torque wrench.


Twelfth:
Take out the transmission dipstick, and put in 3.3 quarts of transmission fluid via the dipstick. Pour it in slowly, because it has a tendency to come back up and spill out the dipstick.


Thirteenth:
Roll the car down(with out starting the engine), and wait a couple mins to let all the fluid go down the dipstick. If you don't you will not get an accurate reading. Once you get an accurate reading, add more if needed.


When you do start the car, take a look underneath and make sure nothing is leaking and that the gasket is hold up with no problem. If there is any leak, you might have to redo the gasket by dropping the pan again.

I did this yesterday, and my shifting is much better. I can barely feel the car shift. If you have any problem, feel free to contact me.

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This is my first write up for anything. If you have any comments, feel free to tell me.

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Old 12-20-2007, 02:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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very nice write up.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Good job on documenting the tranny filter/fluid change. I changed the fluid 4K miles ago but without dropping/cleaning the pan and changing the filter. I'll have to consider doing this additional step at the next change interval.
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Someone should sticky this. Very very good write up, even though it's almost a year old. My g/f's 99 Corolla is about to roll 140k, still on original transmission brake fluid. Tsk tsk, I know. I'm about to do it this weekend.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Excuse me for ressurecting an old thread, but I'm about to do this on my g/f's '99 Corolla. I can apply these steps with the '99 model, too, right?
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Same. I did mine this year too.
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Excellent write up. I may be doing this before winter, but I'll flush out all the old fluid first before refilling and replacing the filter. When I just changed the fluid and filter with no flush on my 95, it slipped like a greasy floor.
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hey,
anyone know the size of the(99 corolla 4 speed aut) transmission fluid pan plug/bolt. I believe the pan thread is stripped. After changing my fluid, the plug only goes hand tight and then just spins. I would like to rethread it but dont know what size to buy, and once i take the plug out i will have no way to get to the store to buy the rethread kit.

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Can someone write up how to check the transmission oil via the dip stick? I hear that the engine should be on, and car placed in neutral before it's read---anything else, I hear the reading will not be accurate. appreciate a solid confirmation.

what to do if I do this to my car and it start to slip? (read above). add more oil or less? Thanks.
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can i use dex IV on my 99 corolla, and if it makes any difference if I buy dex III from toyota, chevron brand, or castro?

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3 hours? Took me 30 minutes.
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Can someone write up how to check the transmission oil via the dip stick? I hear that the engine should be on, and car placed in neutral before it's read---anything else, I hear the reading will not be accurate. appreciate a solid confirmation.

what to do if I do this to my car and it start to slip? (read above). add more oil or less? Thanks.
There is a hot and a cold level on the dipstick. Check before start up by pulling, wiping and reinserting, then read on the second pull. Then run engine until coolant gets 1/2 way up (or whatever normal op is for your car), then shut down, and repeat checking process. Measure to the cold (first case) or hot (second case) line depending on when you're checking.

If it slips, you need to keep flushing. Slipping is due to the mixing of old and new fluid. Flush till the fluid comes out looking like new.
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what's the torque value for the drain plug?
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If you have the 3-speed - 36ft.lbs
If you have the 4-speed - 13ft.lbs.

Make sure to replace the gasket when you do and check for leaks/retorque the bolts a few hundred miles after you do it. Some versions (ex. 9th gen Corolla) recommend from threadlock on the pan bolts - some do not.
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thnx dude!!!! im gonna try mines this weekend.
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