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jmiller2496

Transmission fluid change. 06 vlx.

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jmiller2496

 I was going to do the transmission fluid maintenance and I drained the fluid with the suction tool that I use to change the oil. I was wondering is there a filter  or anything else that needs to be done or do you just drain the fluid and replace with new fluid. How often do you guys do this? Also there are two places for transmission fluid what are the differences and how much fluid should each take? I did not measure precisely but it appeared that the one near the rear head to courts and the one in the front about 1 quart.

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jrvs23

There are no filters that I have ever heard of on transmissions. They do take different fluids though. The v-drive takes 30 wt and the inline trans takes ATF. Double check your manual for the proper fluid types.

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tvano

the transmission on my 04 dd has a screen on the bottom that is removable.

i have not found anything in it on the two occasions it's been out of the boat.

likely can't pull that screen w/o pulling the trans.

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jmiller2496

Do you have any idea how much fluid each is supposed to take? And what are each of the exactly

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wdr

In '06 the VD should be a Walter, with just short of one quart of straight 30W oil. The dip stick has to be screwed all of the way in for a correct reading on a Walter. Not sure on the capacity on the trans, but it will be DEX/MERC trans fluid. For me I rely on the dip stick and not necessarily the book because you never know how much is left in either after you drain them.

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Ndawg12
15 minutes ago, wdr said:

In '06 the VD should be a Walter, with just short of one quart of straight 30W oil. The dip stick has to be screwed all of the way in for a correct reading on a Walter. Not sure on the capacity on the trans, but it will be DEX/MERC trans fluid. For me I rely on the dip stick and not necessarily the book because you never know how much is left in either after you drain them.

Not sure about this, the 04 and 05's I've seen are Walter's but my 06 and 07 have been ZF Hurth and Ski-Vee.  ~2 quarts in the transmission and ~1 qt in the vdrive.  Both take ATF Dexron/Mercon III

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malibu2004

I measure what I take out and put the same in. 

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wdr

My '06 was a Walter. Guess it depends on what was left on the shelf,

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nlouthan

My '06 uses ATF in V-drive and tranny.  Just double-checked today.

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dalt1
On 11/14/2016 at 8:18 AM, Ndawg12 said:

Not sure about this, the 04 and 05's I've seen are Walter's but my 06 and 07 have been ZF Hurth and Ski-Vee.  ~2 quarts in the transmission and ~1 qt in the vdrive.  Both take ATF Dexron/Mercon III

My 06 was the same^^^^.

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srab

My 2006 has ZF Hurth v-drive as well.

Both my main unit and v-drive unit take Dexron/Mercon ATF.  Approximately 2.6 qts total, IIRC.

I change mine out once a year (part of my winterizing routine).

In the future, you would be better off measuring what you remove.  It will save you a lot of time and effort.

Suck out main drive (the farthest one back).  Pour contents into empty clear plastic 2 L bottle (cleaned, rinsed, and dried soda bottle works well for this).  Mark level on side with Sharpie pen.  Discard old ATF.  Pour new ATF up to line.  Pour new ATF into transmission.  Done!

Repeat process for v-drive.

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BlindSquirrel
On 11/27/2016 at 8:23 AM, srab said:

In the future, you would be better off measuring what you remove.  It will save you a lot of time and effort.

 

What if it is low to begin with? Not too hard to check the dip stick, or am I missing something.

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srab

I've tried it once before without measuring.  I eventually got to where I needed to be, but not before adding a little, checking the level, adding a little more, checking the level, adding a little bit more, checking the level, then, oops, having to suck some out and recheck the level, then adding a couple of drops more.  It was way more time consuming, and a bit messy as well, as I was using the "turkey baster" technique, and each time I sucked out fluid, or each time I checked the level, I had to be careful, with rag in hand, or I would manage to get a drop or two of ATF on top of the transmission, gas tank, or down in the bilge.

It is just so much easier, IMHO, to suck as much out as I can, pour it into my coke bottle, mark it, dump it out, fill to mark with new ATF, and pour it straight down the funnel (I have a dedicated long-stemmed funnel for this purpose because the dipstick for my main unit sits underneath the rear seat brace).  I then check the ATF level just one time.  Its always been spot on.  YMMV.

Not surprisingly, since I keep the same bottle, replete with Sharpie side markings, together with my extractor pump, and reuse it each season, the amount of ATF that I suck out of the respective units each year is pretty darned consistent.  So, if I happened to be significantly low on ATF one year, and forgot to check the level before getting started, not only would I know immediately that there was a problem (the amount extracted wouldn't come up anywhere near last years mark), but, by pouring new ATF up to the old mark and adding it back into the transmission, I'd very likely be back to the appropriate amount of ATF anyway.

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