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Hello, I'm new to the forums. Recently my Sephia has been acting up and I have reason to believe its because the person I bought it from didn't use SPIII fluid in the transmission. I've been hunting far and wide on instructions for how to change the fluid myself at home. I don't really want to pay 200 for something I can do at home.

Would someone please be so kind as to post detailed instructions on how to change my ATF fluid?
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Welcome to the forum! You could do a simple drain (drainplug underneath) and refill (through the dipstick tube), but you'll only get a few quarts out. I would recommend getting it flushed out. I know some of the other members have done a fluid transfer (like a flush) at home. That could work also, but I'll wait for them to chime in for a better description of the process.
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How hard is it to do the basic drain? I've changed the regular oil in the car and that wasn't so bad, is the tranny plug as easy to reach/uncork?
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2001 sephias use Mercon/Dexron III. SPIII is a recommended replacement to be used instead of the Dex III but using either in the car won't hurt anything. anything other than those fluids could cause problems though.

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How hard is it to do the basic drain? I've changed the regular oil in the car and that wasn't so bad, is the tranny plug as easy to reach/uncork?
transmission drain is a big 24mm bolt on the bottom of the transmission. you can see it though the big oval cut out in the transmission cross member under the car. can't miss it.

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Thanks for your help. I changed it without a hitch
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