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Are there any tips for changing my auto transmission fluid ? Is there a filter to change as well ? Is it alright to use syn. transmission fluid ?
I haven't looked yet but I assume there is a drain plug etc..
Anything else ?
Any and all suggestions, tips, advice etc.. will be appreciated.
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go to a dealer an buy the right trans fluid. SPIII. anything else can cause problems, even those fluids that say they are compatible. the rio auto is very weak. you dont need to give it any excuses to go on a permanent vacation

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will try to help you out - not hard at all. You will need 3 qts of Trans fluid, I used castrol import multi vehicle which says on bottle that its recommended as replacement for SP-III. You will also need a 23mm socket to remove plug. From here all you do is remove Trans plug, drain fluid into catch pan, replace plug. There is no filter to replace, or one that is servicable. Using a funnel refill the trans with new fluid, at where you check trans fluidit will take approx. 2.7 qts. When getting close to full add a little run engine and shift through the gears and check then add and repeat till full. DO NOT OVER FILL. Thats it, not to bad.
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regarding which trans fluid to use, chech out theoildrop.server101.com under trans fluids, lots of info there about SP-III. Valvoline, Castrol. Amsoil, Mobil and others make fluid that is compatable. Most are synthetic, and imo I would believe superior to the dino fluid from the stealer.
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Thanks,
I do appreciate all the help and info..
I am thinking of going the syn. route...
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will try to help you out - not hard at all. You will need 3 qts of Trans fluid, I used castrol import multi vehicle which says on bottle that its recommended as replacement for SP-III. You will also need a 23mm socket to remove plug. From here all you do is remove Trans plug, drain fluid into catch pan, replace plug. There is no filter to replace, or one that is servicable. Using a funnel refill the trans with new fluid, at where you check trans fluidit will take approx. 2.7 qts. When getting close to full add a little run engine and shift through the gears and check then add and repeat till full. DO NOT OVER FILL. Thats it, not to bad.
I have an 05 Rio and there is a filter, any suggestions in this case?
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If its a filter you can replace when dropping the pan I'd go ahead. If it a real fine filtering filter I would probably replace it, if its only one of the coarse screen filters I.d forget about as they only filter large chunks anyway.

Plus since my post is now almost a year and a half old, I've changed my position and would use SPIII fluid from KIA, Hyundia, or Mitsu.


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