This is when you know you've changed all the fluid. Once the transplate was loosened, everthing slid back perfectly. Next, replace the rear Torx screw on the shift linkage bracket and tighten the front one. Fluid will start pumping out the tube into the bucket. You should be able to see all of them if you slide under the vehicle. It should be at the right level, but why can't I see the level when it's hot? I'm going to skip the filter swap this time 43k and go ahead and swap it at 75k.
After that, they came out like a dream. I've done this me on the left many times without any damage to my transmission but I wouldn't press your luck. One lesson I've learned is don't replace that seal that goes up into the transmission that the filter pushes into unless it's physically damaged. When I changed the trans filter I also changed the oil in the transfer case which means I had to remove the transfer case skid plate. So I used a small flathead screwdriver and a light touch with a mallet. Chevrolet has been developed sophisticated transmissions through years and it is critical that you add the exact type of transmission fluid stipulated by your owner's manual typically in the back of the manual in a section titled Fluid Capacities.
The main one you're looking for is the first one here. I'm quite sure this transmission fluid has never been replaced, so i don't know how long it had been like this. Chilton's says the Torque Converter holds 5, Haynes says 4. The transmission fluid should be checked when the is vehicle is warmed up and while the engine is on. Then check fluid level and add as necessary. It should look like this. Obviously, be sure you've got a catch pan for any residual fluid.
Interestingly enough when I dropped the pan, the old filter and seal were in the pan and not installed. Shift the transmission from drive to reverse a few times. I already know how and have done it on several of my vehicles but for some reason seeing someone else do it always makes me feel like a lazy bastard and gets me motivated. This is pretty typical of all the trucks I've seen. Here's what the filter seal looked like once I got it out.
This shows the Center Support crossmember, Transfer case Skid Plate and a big mess. I managed to complete the service. How could I be so stupid you ask? Let's begin with the supplies. The meat and potatoes of this procedure was taken from here. You have to remove the larger middle undercarriage protection piece, remove the center support beam for the transfer case, move the front drive shaft out of the way, try to drain the oil from the pan if you have a drain plug , remove the oil pan and get a bath of oil all over the place. So, I'd be ramped and jacked all at once. I'm assuming just enough to get the weight off the crossmember.
Simply click on the button below, and then follow the directions to prepare a complete and printable list of filters and fluid capacities for your vehicle. Taking apart the Drive Shaft leaves room to move the shifter bracket out of the way. Top and Bottom of a new transmission Filter for a 97 and newer truck. If you fill engine or axles of your car with oil to the brim it may damage your vehicle engine or axles and void manufacturer warranty. Mine didn't feel like cooperating. Then slowly unscrew the others which will in theory drop the rear of the pan draining the oil. You may have to twist it a little.
I've heard plenty of horror stories about old transmissions failing shortly after a flush. To remove the fitting, pull back the black plastic bracket to prevent damaging it. You'll see the seal that matches the one in the kit. It must have not been pushed in far enough the first time, so it fell out. This procedure with allow you to flush all the fluid from the tranny, converter, lines, cooler, etc.
When I checked it, the fluid level was about 2 inches above the hot full mark. Hummer transfer cases run very hot and burn fluid. Especially if it was dirty. Make sure that you start all of these bolts by hand. Transfer case Supported after Center Support Crossmember was Removed. If you are having problems with the transmission in your Suburban 1500, such as clunky shifting or hesitation, check the fluid level first - it is amazing how many drivers pay thousands of dollars for transmission work when a half quart of transmission fluid would have fixed the problem.