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Yesterday 04:12 PM
OldTech
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
On the Malibu, if I remove the plug with the engine not running, it will drain 3-4 quarts of oil, so it is coming back from somewhere. I know 7 quarts isn't the total capacity but it's more than 50%, so with a few more drains with the engine off, I will have exchanged about 90% of the fluid. Far better than leaving it for 90,000 miles and then having trans problems from old, burned fluid...
Agreed. Even just changing 60% is better than nothing. I didn't mean to criticize, just inform.
Yesterday 04:06 PM
Too Many Projects On the Malibu, if I remove the plug with the engine not running, it will drain 3-4 quarts of oil, so it is coming back from somewhere. I know 7 quarts isn't the total capacity but it's more than 50%, so with a few more drains with the engine off, I will have exchanged about 90% of the fluid. Far better than leaving it for 90,000 miles and then having trans problems from old, burned fluid...
Yesterday 03:29 PM
OldTech The dealer and shops that typically do this work use a pressure feed exchange system. It sucks the old oil out and replaces it with fresh oil. That is the only way you can change all the oil. Remember that the converter doesn't drain so you are leaving 3 to 4 quarts of oil oil in your transmission. The machine has adapters that adapt to the cooler lines. It takes about 30 quarts of oil to completely flush the transmission.
Yesterday 05:51 AM
CrashFarmer2
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Originally Posted by Dragonoake View Post
Reminds me of a 40's Farmall tractor with the two little petcocks on the side of the oil pan

Seems like a giant step backwards to me.
Yesterday 04:35 AM
Dragonoake
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Originally Posted by bubba1955 View Post
Here's the video I found on You Tube on checking fluid level on a Malibu.
Reminds me of a 40's Farmall tractor with the two little petcocks on the side of the oil pan
08-27-2016 09:51 PM
whinny Great vid, wish I'd seen it a month ago. Next time I'm doing my wife's car myself.

Later gator
Russ
08-27-2016 09:45 PM
bubba1955
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Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
I don't see anyone else guessing or googling, so throw it out and ask a new Q.
I don't have a question right now...If anyone has one the floor's yours.

Here's the video I found on You Tube on checking fluid level on a Malibu.

08-27-2016 08:35 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by bubba1955 View Post
I honestly didn't know about how to check the trans fluid on that Malibu so I cheated and Googled it and found a You-Tube video...... I won't spoil it since I cheated, but what were those Chevy engineers thinking?
I don't see anyone else guessing or googling, so throw it out and ask a new Q.
08-27-2016 08:32 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by 7nomad8 View Post
Yeah, Ford had a better idea. I still think FOMOCO is in kahoots with the makers of BIC lighters.
They all are, it's not just Ford. For many years, the big 3 struggled to get the level of quality and longevity to meet the imports and to some extent did. Now they need a way to get their vehicles to fail sooner so we come back and buy more. I haven't bought a new vehicle since 1992. I'd rather buy one at least 4 years old and let the PO eat the 40-50% depreciation...
08-27-2016 08:18 PM
7nomad8 Yeah, Ford had a better idea. I still think FoMoCo is in kahoots with the makers of BIC.
08-27-2016 08:15 PM
7nomad8 Yeah, Ford had a better idea. I still think FOMOCO is in kahoots with the makers of BIC lighters.
08-27-2016 08:06 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by whinny View Post
My wife's ford is dealer only as well. I don't get that???


Later gator
Russ
It's FoMoCo's way of insuring you bring the vehicle back to the dealer for service/repair. They don't want you taking it to an independent garage.
08-27-2016 07:50 PM
Too Many Projects
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Originally Posted by 7nomad8 View Post
I heard that the procedure requires equipment most people don't have. Tools, lifts, experience, stuff like that.
11mm wrench or socket/ratchet, couple jack stands, drain pan, shop towels. I can believe "most" people don't have this stuff anymore, as they have been conditioned by corporations to believe they can't perform basic maintenance on their vehicles and take them to the dealers....EXACTLY what the corps want.

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Originally Posted by bubba1955 View Post
I honestly didn't know about how to check the trans fluid on that Malibu so I cheated and Googled it and found a You-Tube video...... I won't spoil it since I cheated, but what were those Chevy engineers thinking?
I think they followed Volkswagen's lead. We had a 2002 Passat with no dipstick or even an easy way, like the Malibu, to check or drain the fluid. These transmissions are "sealed for life", only the life expectancy is way too short for me to adhere to.
08-27-2016 06:51 PM
7nomad8 They were thinking of BIC lighters ! ? ! ?
08-27-2016 05:45 PM
bubba1955 I honestly didn't know about how to check the trans fluid on that Malibu so I cheated and Googled it and found a You-Tube video...... I won't spoil it since I cheated, but what were those Chevy engineers thinking?
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