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Old 08-14-2012, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm about to do a transmission fluid and filter change.... 2000 Elantra sedan, auto transmission... I'm just going to drop the pan and change the filter. I assume some fluid is going to stay in the system. How much SP-III will I need to top it up when I put the new filter in and pan back in place? Dealer says 4 litres normally but the stuff is costly so I want to ask for a second opinion! Thanks for any replies.
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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easiest way if buy more than what's needed, then return whats not used.

But the best method to know how much you need it to measure how much you take out of it
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There's 7 quarts total in the system, and about half that in the pan. So if you do a pan dump, buy 4 quarts.
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Thank you.
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I did this transmission oil and filter change today. What a difference.

180,000 Kilometres on the car
Before- Trans oil was dirty. Didn't smell burnt but couldn't have been changed in a long time. It shifted funny after driving it for a couple hours.... seemed to stick in second gear. Shifted hard with a bang into gear sometimes too.
After- Shifts very smooth even after driving in city heat all day. Not one shifting issue. Fluid is clear.

I didn't want an auto trans for the work beater, because they can go anytime and the cost of rebuild is stupid, but the price was right. I'm glad it's working better. The cost of the change was definitely worth it.
$46.00 for 4 litres SPIII from dealer
$26.00 for Trans oil filter with gasket from Napa
a bit of RTV sealant
plus taxes

now on to the next issue...
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So now that you did a pan dump, it means you still have 50% old fluid left. So drive it for a week, do another pan dump for 25% old fluid, and so on. $46 for fluid is an outrage. I'd call around to other places for fluid. If Kia or Mitsubishi is cheaper, you can use it because it's the same stuff. Usually I paid around $6 a quart, but that's down here, not up there.
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I called around and even considered Napa's option of oil that says compatible with SPIII because of the price... reading threads here convinced me nothing but the right oil if I wanted it to work right. I must have read every transmission related thread in this sub-forum over the last few days. lol

You'd be even more outraged to find out that there is 15% sales tax on that 46 bux. ... Nova Scotia.

So this car... it has a safety inspection for another 13 months. I've been under it a couple times, it's solid enough for a car that lived 12 years of our salty winters. The A/C is ice friggin cold. Cruise works well. Motor doesn't smoke or tick.
I'm into it for a used alternator, 50$ pro-rated warranty cost on a new battery, and today's cost of the trans oil/filter change.
I'm looking at a front wheel bearing, rear brakes that I know of. I filled it with gas yesterday for the first time and about 5 litres went on the ground.... tank or fill hose or evap canister or or... dunno.

I think if the trans is working ok, I'm not going to mess with it any more! haha. I just need it to work for another 13 months and then I will find another beater etc. I would follow your advice if I was planning on keeping the car going for a while. I do appreciate your replies though.

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The half fluid change should be ok unless the fluid you drained was fishy smelling or funky looking. Many older cars on the road never get a fluid exchange or a filter change.
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Next time you go under the car, look for rust around the subframe where the front suspension arms meet the frame. Hyundai has a huge rust problem which eventually leads to the lower control arm separating from the frame. There was a recall for a number of vehicles from the period, but your model and year is not covered. Pay special attention to the right side, since this usually gets more snow and salt being close to the edge of the road.
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