How to Change Automatic Transmission Fluid and Filter (COMPLETE Guide)

  • Published on Mar 24, 2016
  • Automatic Transmission Fluid Change. This is the complete guide on how to change the transmission fluid in your car or truck! I give you valuable tips like tightening the bolts on the transmission valve body gasket so you get crisper shifts or using silicone on the rubber gasket to hold it in place.
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  • Prem Jay
    Prem Jay Day ago

    wow.. very meticulous job well done. i wonder if my mechanic would be so careful

  • HyperSin NGN
    HyperSin NGN Day ago

    My transmission takes mercon 3 but it is no longer being made so i did mercon 5

  • Ehsan Waheed
    Ehsan Waheed 2 days ago

    Is it the same for manual transmission cars ?

  • edward park
    edward park 2 days ago

    So you just have damaged transmission fluid lying around? 😂🤣🤣

  • Profile Unknown
    Profile Unknown 4 days ago

    Why didn't he just google how much fluid he needed?

    • Rosegold Beats
      Rosegold Beats 3 days ago

      doesnt make sense because not all the fluid is out of the transmission

  • Rachy Marie
    Rachy Marie 4 days ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for your videos!! They are so much help! I didn't know much about cars but I have watched many of your videos and feel like I can open a shop now lol I have a 96 Dodge ram van and I have done all the maintenance myself thanks to you sir!

  • MarcasswellbMD
    MarcasswellbMD 5 days ago

    First I want to say I have a lot of respect for U and what you do!! BUT when dealing with the trans mittion it should be level in order to get the most of that burnt up shit out and get true readings.. Plus your drain pan should be a numbered pan so you know exactly how much fluid came out, Not a Baking sheet pan.. But do you Bo.....

  • Peter
    Peter 6 days ago

    2 clever things I picked up: tin-foil to control spill and old bottle to measure transmission fluid

  • Simon
    Simon 7 days ago +1

    I feel for the dude that drops the pan and has a “non serviceable transmission”.

    • TheBegoing
      TheBegoing 3 days ago +1

      I wonder how many bolts they loosen before they start thinking sun thing wong

  • TT
    TT 7 days ago

    this is like a cooking channel except it's for fixing cars

  • Erik Johnson
    Erik Johnson 8 days ago +1

    What kind of person would ever give a ChrisFix video a thumbs-down?

  • Abdullah Swilam
    Abdullah Swilam 9 days ago +1

    how to install a turbo or a supercharger !

  • zerou24
    zerou24 9 days ago

    a workshop said cars run worse then before if you change the TF in am automatic lol

  • motogp 23
    motogp 23 13 days ago

    Hey chris where did you buy your ramp? Btw a very informative video!

  • hiddenhandmusic
    hiddenhandmusic 13 days ago

    Can you show how to change the transmission fluid in an Infiniti FX35?

  • hugemagoo
    hugemagoo 15 days ago


  • Kevin Diaz
    Kevin Diaz 16 days ago

    Hey Chris, can you make a video how to flush transmission fluid ? If it’s possible to do it at home , I have a Toyota Corolla 2005 and just replaced the transmission not to long ago and I really want to make it last and keep up with the maintenance Once it reaches about 50,000 miles I’d figure I’d flush it , but should I flush it or just replace it ? If you can make a video about flushing the fluid I’d do much appreciate it , thanks Chris. I don’t why we’d be without guys like you.

  • Stonebarn Morrison
    Stonebarn Morrison 18 days ago

    Great video and I really love the style. I just found your channel and have used it for many different references. I always hit the like button as well.

  • Triple3
    Triple3 19 days ago

    Literally nobody:
    ChrisFix: That’ll cause a leak

  • agador fea
    agador fea 20 days ago

    Ummmm...what about the torque converter?

  • JC Josue
    JC Josue 24 days ago

    I just went to valvoline for a fluid replacement, cost me 199.99. Idk if they did good(?)(?)

  • Erik Johnson
    Erik Johnson 25 days ago

    These are the best auto repair and maintenance videos on TVclip. Killer!

  • Daveunave
    Daveunave 26 days ago

    Nice video. Thank you. Can you please tell me if draining the transmission fluid from the radiator is a good way to change the rest of the transmission fluid, or possibly prevent he mess I am about to make in my driveway. It seems to me that if I cut the metal lines, add rubber extensions, then start the engine I could let the transmission pump most of the transmission fluid out. I believe that is how the shop does a transmission flush. Have you, or anyone else tried this? Thank you.

  • Charles Robbins
    Charles Robbins 27 days ago

    Hey Chris. I need to change my inner and outer tie rods driver and passenger sides on my wife's 04 Mitsubishi endeavor xls. Is this something I can do myself? I don't own an impact and I just have standard tools. Should I be better off taking to a mechanic?

  • bruce sannino
    bruce sannino 28 days ago +1


  • Garret Sterling
    Garret Sterling 29 days ago

    Crisp shifts from ChrisFix

  • Pastor Paul D
    Pastor Paul D Month ago

    One important factor that Chris forgot is when installing the filter pan back in place put the same bolt in the exact same hole the best way to do this is to make a template from your gasket out of cardboard and put the bolts in the holes in the cardboard and this way they’ll be all lined up for you to install when you reapply the pan to the transmission

  • gavin williams
    gavin williams Month ago

    So I bought a car that shifts hard for the first few minutes driving. Does anyone think a flush and filter change would be able to help these systems? Its rough, but it shifts at the proper times

    • Claude Speed
      Claude Speed Month ago

      It could, but it could also be the trans speed sensor or range sensor

  • Anthony Pooler
    Anthony Pooler Month ago

    My owners manual says to not change my own transmission fluid and to get a mechanic to do it? Its a pontiac grand prix 2007. Should I do it myself or get a mechanic like what the manual says? I believe they said because I need to know how much transmission fluid to put in it.

  • Indie Fury
    Indie Fury Month ago

    is it the same process for a standard or manual transmission.

  • Rofolfo Martinez
    Rofolfo Martinez Month ago

    Just changed my transmission oil and filter this weekend. Great and easy to follow instructions in this video, thanks to Chris I saved over $50, had to buy all the tools to do the job, next time I do this job again, I'll be saving about $200. I think this is the Best channel on youtube, cant wait to fix the next thing in my car

  • joe martinez
    joe martinez Month ago

    hey Chris, i need help I have a question for you. The pistons on my calipers are sticking, I replace them with new ones and also replace the rubber hosed that go from calipers on to the
    master cylinder, done replace it with new brake fluid but the pistons are still sticking any idea what else it could be?

  • strigon46
    strigon46 Month ago

    How do you change the fluid in a manual tramsmission?

  • Roberto Sequera
    Roberto Sequera Month ago

    I have a question What would you suggest I have a 2003 Ford F 150 with 260 000 miles the transmission kicks on second gear would it help if i change the transmission oil or would make it worst?

    • Nightowl
      Nightowl Month ago

      check the dipstick, as your fluid might just be low, then change the fluid if its darkened but sadly it sounds like the transmission might be going out, but hopefully its just low or dirty.

  • wayne shafton
    wayne shafton Month ago

    Dude this video is awesome! Subbed

  • Orion Trade
    Orion Trade Month ago

    This service does not work at al as the tras,ission is got mor or less 16 quarters, it will be contaminates as soon as you start the engine, he don´t know what he's talking

  • Atrocitus
    Atrocitus Month ago

    I attempted this job today on my mustang just to have a bolt break on me and 9 outta the 18 bolts are stripped. I have no idea what to do at this point.

  • Coyote Trapper 85
    Coyote Trapper 85 Month ago

    Hey Chris I got a pump to suck the fluid out thru the fill tube saved myself a lot of mess lol

  • Msw 96
    Msw 96 Month ago

    NEVER FLUSH! especially on a higher mile transmission more than likely you will kill it you wash out all of the clutch material that’s holding the damn thing together DONT DO IT!

  • E 86
    E 86 Month ago

    We need a manual video @chrisfix

  • Jeff Miracle
    Jeff Miracle Month ago

    Thnx for your video I have a jx35 infinity I dnt knw how long this transmission fluid has been changed should changed it or leave it as is it

  • Jovaughn Gueno
    Jovaughn Gueno Month ago

    With some cars it’s not that simple

  • Khristian James Calderon

    I wonder does Mazda still makes trucks

  • Legoivan44321
    Legoivan44321 Month ago

    Chris: this plastic chisel wont gouge the metal
    Me: hold my chisel

  • Kyle Edmondson
    Kyle Edmondson Month ago +1

    My owners manual (2008 Toyota sienna) says change transmission fluid only as needed but it doesnt say anything about the filter. Is that just a given?

    • ChrisFix
      ChrisFix  Month ago

      Yea the filter is a given. Any time you replace the fluid you replace the filter like an oil change.

  • Jeff Brown
    Jeff Brown Month ago +1

    That's why it takes me so long to work on a car I always have to repaint the parts before I put them on. I worked underneath my wife's truck one time and repainted the rear end and she's like why do you need to do that no one is going to see that, she just doesn't know. Heck once a year I go power wash the underneath also.

  • Rockslide
    Rockslide Month ago +2

    Superb video. Loved the video preview of the steps required. Great idea Chris!

  • Ronald Allen
    Ronald Allen Month ago

    Excellent video Chris!

  • Kev in
    Kev in Month ago

    Chris, you're awesome!

  • Tim Deboer
    Tim Deboer Month ago

    You should do a video on standard transmission please

  • Vu Le
    Vu Le Month ago

    can someone explain how 3.5 qt was measured but christ end up putting 4qt all together please? Does that mean measure and refill method never accurate?

    • Derik Henderson
      Derik Henderson Month ago

      Vu Le. He spilled some fluid when he poured the AT fluid into the jug. So I’m guessing he spilled half a quart.

  • DreadLock
    DreadLock Month ago

    i have this problem on my hyundai accent 2012 automatic 1.4..there is no much power if i accelerate it.. even in uphill.. before kinda smooth but yesterday the problem occur..

  • Juan Monay
    Juan Monay Month ago +4

    ChrisFix Your such good help learned so much from watching your videos!!!🤟🏽

  • Tom V.
    Tom V. Month ago

    Great video, set out to do this, dropped the pan, cleaned the gasket material and went to replace the gasket and. . . it didn't fit - according to Auto Zone I actually dropped the oil pan, not the transmission pan - so now I also know how to do my own oil change.

    • imnotabotrlyimnot
      imnotabotrlyimnot 22 days ago

      @Tom V. Your in good shape then. I wish my trans pan had a plug. I think I might have to install one.

    • Tom V.
      Tom V. 22 days ago

      Yep, but I've never done an oil change before and some transmission pans do have a drain plug, which is my case.

    • imnotabotrlyimnot
      imnotabotrlyimnot 22 days ago

      Wasn't there a drain plug on the oil pan?

  • Arslan Dar
    Arslan Dar Month ago

    Your video so nice and quality is too good
    I have 1 question which water need to add with coolant regular water or distilled water
    50 % person tell regular and other 50 tell me distilled is Best for radiator so i am so confused please guide me what I need to do...

    • imnotabotrlyimnot
      imnotabotrlyimnot 22 days ago

      Distilled is best, it doesn't have the contaminants that regular tap water might have. A lot of people just put regular water in, but if you want to do what's best for your car, use distilled.

  • Erick Sousa
    Erick Sousa Month ago

    My car is a Nissan Versa with CVT trans, is the procedure similar ?

  • camcane1
    camcane1 Month ago

    yeahhhh,imma just go to a mechanic...

  • Abe Jr
    Abe Jr Month ago

    Chris, you take a lot of fear out of us do it yourselfers, great video thank you.

  • onlynexus
    onlynexus Month ago

    Zip tied spark plug wire holders! From Roadkill?

  • Sayed Rashid
    Sayed Rashid Month ago

    Can I change the tranmission fluid through the dipstick? Is it gonna damage the transmission?

  • Onix Junes
    Onix Junes Month ago

    My 2017 Mazda 3 says it has “lifetime” transmission fluid and the dipstick is waaay under the air box assembly

    • Veni Vidi Vici
      Veni Vidi Vici Month ago

      Don't trust life time fluids. It is a marketing gimmick.

    • Kayaze
      Kayaze Month ago

      Then dont change it. You probably dont need to change transmission fluid if you just bought the car like you.

  • bob.Evans.
    bob.Evans. Month ago

    Is it ok two ad diffrent brand of transmision fluid with another brand

  • Alonzo Santos
    Alonzo Santos Month ago

    Automatic transmissions must only use the fluid specified by the automaker, such as General Motors' Dexron series or Toyota's Type T. Using the wrong fluid can cause poor lubrication, overheating, and possibly transmission failure. A mechanic might not be able to reverse the damage, even by flushing the transmission.

  • martin dela cruz
    martin dela cruz Month ago

    Hi chris fix how many liters of atf for mistubishi strada 2012 thank you godbless

  • Sean Parker
    Sean Parker Month ago

    Do you have to shift through the gears after I have a tiburon gt and I can't shift through the the shiftronic went out so I can just can put it in reverse and drive.

  • Android Gamer
    Android Gamer Month ago +1

    Hey. Am I supposed to change the transmission fluid in a Smart FORTWO 2012 with 140k km ~ 87k miles?

  • El Firulais
    El Firulais Month ago +1

    Wait, so i can't do a flush? Then how am i going to get rid of the remaining fluid left?

  • Nathanial Ross
    Nathanial Ross Month ago

    Too bad it's a fucking nightmare on a 2013+ Silverado.

  • Zachary Reia
    Zachary Reia Month ago

    Who loves Chris fix he is awsome

  • 888zzz
    888zzz Month ago

    The measurement scale on the side of an oil jug is not accurate. Test it to see for yourself.

  • Steve Leaned
    Steve Leaned Month ago

    What is that vacuumed line next to your transmission with no hose on it.?? That is on mine as well

  • Nex
    Nex Month ago

    Hey Kris, I know this is an old video g I'm not expecting a reply but I have a vauxhall signum automatic 2005 1.9 CDTI 16v and it would appear i have a sealed transmission so I do not have a dipstick. Would this process still be applicable for me car?

  • simypkl
    simypkl Month ago +1

    Dear Chris, my ranger buddy continue to use Castrol, but Ford in Asia already partner with Shell and so they using Helix (HelixUltraProAF5W30_1*109L_A227 9 litre),
    which is NOT friendly to Turbo Charger.
    we wish to seek your expertise if this is true.

  • Michael Laskowski
    Michael Laskowski Month ago

    I notice you primer and paint a lot. Do you use heat sensitive paint or some other types of paint for these types of applications?

  • hussain fadwani
    hussain fadwani Month ago

    totally scared ****less to try this lol

  • ryan keller
    ryan keller Month ago +1

    the content and quality of your videos are astounding!

  • Westy W.
    Westy W. Month ago

    I just finished your entire process that you detailed in this video with an 02 Ranger. Every detail was on point, and with limited mechanical expertise you made me feel like a hero. Of all the YT subscriptions I have, yours is one of my most useful and empowering. THANK YOU SO MUCH CHRIS!!!! I wish you had a direct Paypal, but I will proudly wear your shirt and spread the good word!

  • Moe_philly
    Moe_philly Month ago +1

    I thought you weren’t supposed to change transmission oil

  • Liam Donohue
    Liam Donohue 2 months ago

    i love you

  • Joseph Clark
    Joseph Clark 2 months ago

    What order would be best if planning to do a filter and fluid change on my own then having a professional do the flush? Should I drop the pan and change the filter before or after the flush?

  • Jayson Sanchez
    Jayson Sanchez 2 months ago +3

    You took the 3.5 quarts and it was still low.
    How do you make sure this doesn’t happen if your car has a sealed transmission?

    • Nightowl
      Nightowl Month ago

      owners manual, they should be a section to tell you how many quarts is needed, sadly with no dipstick your kinda guessing on the fluid level, but with the owners manual and following the directions of fluid needed you should be okay.

  • Magno Santos
    Magno Santos 2 months ago +2

    Got a video on tips to prime and paint car parts? Specifically underbelly parts?

  • Cyberdg
    Cyberdg 2 months ago

    You should do a manual transmission fluid change

  • Sea 2121
    Sea 2121 2 months ago

    Congratz on 5M subscribers. I am waiting for you to teach us how to install meter gauges. Thanks Chris!

  • Gavin Boothe
    Gavin Boothe 2 months ago

    I just tried removing my transmission oil pan tonight. Only drained out the trans oil from my 2012 mazda 3. My oil pan did not drop down after taking out pan bolts/screws. Does anyone have any recommendations for getting the pan off? Some people say to use a screw driver or puffy knives, however I’m pretty hesitant to man handle and mangle up my oil pan. Any ideas?

  • Abdallah El Kabbany
    Abdallah El Kabbany 2 months ago

    hey Chris :)
    what about the oil remaining in the torque converter and the cooling lines and the differential, how to Drain them out completely? is it through a complete flush?
    also on what gear position shall you check your transmission fluid as some cars i have been working on they would specify sometimes a gear shift to measure transmission fluid at.
    thank you so much

    • bigabescanal
      bigabescanal 2 months ago +1

      Do the drain and fill process 3x.

  • MikeDaTiger
    MikeDaTiger 2 months ago

    I'm pretty sure Chris rents a crane to lift his truck up vertical in order to get some of these shots. I can't even find my ratchet when laying on my back under the truck

    PRAVEEN C. 2 months ago

    Fantastic work complete transmission oil changing too good to watch and to learn nice video dude.......

  • phsycopiano
    phsycopiano 2 months ago

    Pump out as much fluid from the dipstick hole then remove the pan. Why less messy.

  • alli dogg
    alli dogg 2 months ago +13

    Ok now how do I change blinker fluid

    • Fsilone
      Fsilone 14 days ago

      He's got a video on that lol

  • Don Payne
    Don Payne 2 months ago

    I taught high school chemistry and physics for 25 years and I can honestly say you know exactly how to teach. Fantastic job! Thanks

  • TheFreePantheist
    TheFreePantheist 2 months ago

    I cant get it to prime and paint when I snap my finger. Do I need an infinity gauntlet?

  • craigzilla100
    craigzilla100 2 months ago +1

    Can you do one on a manual and possibly all wheel drive setup? Great video!

  • Jason Brahosky
    Jason Brahosky 2 months ago

    I have a pennzoil racing hat

  • MD Sohel Untitle
    MD Sohel Untitle 2 months ago

    I buy one Toyota camry 2006 model. And the car almost running 228000 k.m. i think old owner don't change the ATF.
    now ATF is very bad condition. What can i do please tall me.

    • Damian Koenemann
      Damian Koenemann 2 months ago

      @MD Sohel Untitle That is a common myth. If you change the fluid and your transmission goes bad, then it was going to fail anyway. The old fluid was just putting a band aid on it. You will have to decide for yourself, but if your transmission is in good shape, then changing the fluid is necessary to keep it properly lubricated. Transmissions aren't cheap, but good news is that they shouldn't be terribly hard to remove and fix or replace.

    • Veni Vidi Vici
      Veni Vidi Vici 2 months ago +1

      @MD Sohel Untitle Fluid and filter. Change both dude. Cheers. Half and half is bs

      Change full fluid and filter same day.

    • MD Sohel Untitle
      MD Sohel Untitle 2 months ago

      @Veni Vidi Vici some Parsons saying to me if i change the fluid maybe the transmission become a bad..
      and some Parsons saying you can change the fluid half and after few days change another half..
      what is the better option. please tell me.. can i change the all fluid with filter ya change only fluid..

    • Veni Vidi Vici
      Veni Vidi Vici 2 months ago

      @MD Sohel Untitle Then it time to change the fluid. You can search YT how to to it. I have a 1997 Toyota Camry. My father did all the servicing on it and I am almost hitting 200,000 miles.

    • MD Sohel Untitle
      MD Sohel Untitle 2 months ago

      @Damian Koenemann the fluid color is black.

  • D Mal
    D Mal 2 months ago

    Chris is the man. I dont care if he over does things or not

  • D Mal
    D Mal 2 months ago

    Chris is the man. I dont care if he over does things or not

  • Don Chan
    Don Chan 2 months ago

    Chris my car is nissan Norma’s, auto transmission been change in different shop so many times but still leaks, why?

  • Seawitch Rosemary
    Seawitch Rosemary 2 months ago


  • Brn Baby Brn
    Brn Baby Brn 2 months ago +1

    If you wanted to do a flush, would you want to do this process first then get it flushed?