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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:24 pm    Post subject: How do I change automatic transmission fluid on 91 Vanagon Reply with quote

I hate to ask such a simple question, but I've searched the web, searched here, and even read through a PDF manual, and I cannot find out exactly where to change the automatic transmission fluid on a 91 vanagon.

I can see where the dipstick goes, and it attaches to a pan which has 4 bolts. But also, behind that there is another little pan type thing that has around 10-12 bolts. I'm guessing I just have to unscrew one and let it drain out, and most likely put in a new gasket, but I'm not sure which one is the right one? Also I'm not sure which one houses the filter, or if the filter even necessarily needs to be changed each time. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the pan that has the dipstick / fill tube is the one you want to empty. You can remove that tube and let it drain. If you would like to change the filter you remove the pan.

I'm not a trans expert but if your trans has never been serviced and it has a good amount of miles, say around 100k leave it alone. I have seen transmissions of different types fail after a fluid / filter change.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: How do I change automatic transmission fluid on 91 Vanag Reply with quote

skydivecarl wrote:

I can see where the dipstick goes, and it attaches to a pan which has 4 bolts.


^That'd be for the ATF.

skydivecarl wrote:
But also, behind that there is another little pan type thing that has around 10-12 bolts.


^That'd be for the gear oil. Next time I ever have to change that stuff, I'm getting an extraction tool and sucking the fluid out of the refill hole. Taking a gear oil bath, despite being careful, is not fun. Mad
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help, I think I will just remove the dipstick tube, and drain some fluid, then replace the same amount of fluid and verify its level, sounds easy.

I'm not near the vehicle right now to look, Do you just put a wrench on the dipstick tube and turn?


Its got about 90K miles on it. The reason I'm changing is because although it seems to run pretty good overall, at the end of my last drive (a 100 mile one), there were a couple times when it felt like it was slipping a little bit. It was when accellerating from a red light, and turning, only going about 10mph, when it went to shift it seemed to slip a bit.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take it to a shop!!
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