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#1 Old 11-16-2011, 09:40 AM
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Automatic Transmission Filter?

So I was planning to get a transmission flush (without chemicals) since the 2005 Accent I bought was sitting for 2 years and not being used. So when flushing the transmission you are supose to change the filter and gasket. However when I called Hyundai they said there is no filter. Is this true? How come you can find filters on ebay such as this:Hyundai Elantra Accent Fram FT1225 tranny filter | eBay
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So I was planning to get a transmission flush (without chemicals) since the 2005 Accent I bought was sitting for 2 years and not being used. So when flushing the transmission you are supose to change the filter and gasket. However when I called Hyundai they said there is no filter. Is this true? How come you can find filters on ebay such as this:Hyundai Elantra Accent Fram FT1225 tranny filter | eBay
There is a filter but many dealerships don't bother to change it during a flush because there's a drain plug on the pan. Drain the oil first, then remove the pan and you'll see the filter. When you clean the pan, you'll see 4 or 5 magnets there, about the size of a nickle - they come off easily for cleaning. When you have the pan off, I'd suggest degreasing it and then paint it with a rust preventative paint.

When you install the filter then the pan, DO NOT overtorque the bolts. The aluminum transmission casing is VERY soft and it's easy to strip the threads - then you have a problem. I'd recommend a slight under torque and use some BLUE thread locker on the bolt threads. You'll have a bit of the old fluid left in the cooler, but unless you have any serious contamination, I wouldn't worry about it - the dealership doesn't.

Use the Hyundai recommended fluid - it's a bit more expensive at the dealership but it is the right stuff (cheap insurance). I've had a couple of cases where the "equivalent" fluid turned brown in a very short time & I didn't appreciate re flushing the whole thing again.
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If it were my car, I would not flush the trans, I would only drain, drop the pan, and change the filter/clean the magnets. On a car that has been sitting 2 years, there could be sludge build up in the transmission, and flushing it could break the sludge up, causing a restriction in the trans that could cause a failure. Power flushes can be the death of a older or poorly maintained transmission. Don't forget to change the coolant, too. Timing belt may also be a good idea, if you don't know when (or if) it was done last. You should always change the transmission filter whenever you flush, or at least every other atf change.

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Thanks for all the replies! Does anyone know where I can get the filter besides online? Since Hyundai Dealership says there is no filter they dont have one to sell. Also, would a flush without any chemicals (just runing new fluid through the transmission) hurt it like you say? The oil runs through the transmission when you use it anyway so why not just run new oil through it instead.
My car is a 2005 with only 78000km on it, so I would hardly call it old and it was well maintained before it sat for 2 years. Is it time already to change the timing belt?

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Thanks for all the replies! Does anyone know where I can get the filter besides online? Since Hyundai Dealership says there is no filter they dont have one to sell. Also, would a flush without any chemicals (just runing new fluid through the transmission) hurt it like you say? The oil runs through the transmission when you use it anyway so why not just run new oil through it instead.
My car is a 2005 with only 78000km on it, so I would hardly call it old and it was well maintained before it sat for 2 years. Is it time already to change the timing belt?
Try any local auto parts supplier such as NAPA etc., they should be able to get the filter kit for you. The kit isn't expensive and includes a replacement pan gasket (if you have the re-useable gasket, you won't need the one supplied in the kit) and I believe there's a round washer style gasket for the filter-to-transmission connection. A flush is not a flush in the manner that you're thinking. The dealership refers to the drain as a flush, so all the fluid isn't removed. A complete flush isn't that easy to accomplish & unless you have serious contamination of the fluid in the transmission, trying a real flush doesn't buy you much. If the fluid on the dipstick is still pink, you should be OK to do a drain and filter change. Personally, if the fluid looks clean & pink, I would run it for a bit to circulate the fluid - to get any settling from the lines into the pan to be trapped by the currently installed filter, then I'd let it sit for a bit and drain the fluid using the drain plug (less mess this way). Now I'd take off the pan and go about the cleaning and filter replacement.

As far as the timing belt is concerned, I would say YES, change it now or really soon. I see them changed at around 80K.

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Thanks so much for the fast reply. I am going to do that instead of a flush. Even better it sounds like something I might be able to do on my own which will save some money. Thanks for all the input!
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Went to my local Parts Source and they had the filter kit in stock. Bought some Royal Purple Max ATF to go with it. Any more advice before I do this? Was thinking I could drain and fill it a few times to make sure most of the old oil is out.

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Went to my local Parts Source and they had the filter kit in stock. Bought some Royal Purple Max ATF to go with it. Any more advice before I do this? Was thinking I could drain and fill it a few times to make sure most of the old oil is out.
I don't know if the Royal Purple Max ATF will work in that transmission. I would strongly recommend that you get a confirmation that it will work before putting it in, otherwise you may need a real flush.

It appears that the Royal Purple site confirms that the MAX Atf will work in place of SP2 and SP3. Here's the link.

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