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Old 01-27-2009, 05:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a 2004 Suzuki Forenza with a little over 50k miles on it. I'd like to get the transmission fluid changed but what kind of fluid should I use and where do I get it? I prefer the factory fluid to universal ones like Amsoil but either one is easier and cheaper to get is ok. Also, are these transmissions sealed units? I can't seem to find the dipstick to check the fluid level. I do my own maintenance. Can I not do it myself on this car?

So both Suzuki dealers in my town went out of business. What other dealers would carry Suzuki fluid/parts?

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Old 01-28-2009, 07:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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May be it is good deal to buy fluid yourself. First of all you have to know wich of transmission do you have. It's may be Aisin or ZF. All of them recomend the DextronIII, but for the HP transmission you have to use original ZF fluid for 4HP16 or ESSO LT 71141 or Total ATF H50235 (recomendations from TIS).
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I didn't know these cars came with different trannies. I figure they were all the same. I have no idea which one is in my car. How would I find out?
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I didn't know these cars came with different trannies. I figure they were all the same. I have no idea which one is in my car. How would I find out?
Just look at the table on the transmission. Other way is to go to service, where a professional-manager can determine the kind of trnansmission and to choose the proper liquid and replace it. of course, if you are sure, that you want to replace it.
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You have a ZF 4HP16 in it. and requires ESSO LT 71141 oil in it. It has a fill plug and drain plug.

Here is a link to the manual for your transmission. I downloaded it to my computer for future reference. Hope this helps,


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http://www.anagabriela.ro/Manuale%20...0TRANSAXLE.pdf
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Old 02-28-2009, 02:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for all the help guys! The manual is very helpful. Love the forums!
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Nice manual. Would anyone know where to purchase the plug removal tool? I think I might have to add about a liter of fluid and has anyone used any other type of fluid that will mix with the suggested $28.00 a quart stuff that the dealer sells.The plug is realy tight do you think they may have put loctite on them? If I start out and take a quick right hand turn on a slight upgrade the transmission stumbles like it may be low on oil'

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I didn't get a response to my post .But I was in the wrong area I think. I found the transmisstion oil at Auto Zone, Mobile 1 Synthetic, at @6.00 QT, and I made the plug removal tool. I cut a piece out of a square shank screwdriver 1/2' long . It was just 8MM wide ,I drove it into a 3/8" socket, 3/8 " drive, welded it with braze rod. Now iI had to put a 18" pipe on the ratchet handle to break the plug loose. Yes it had been put in with Loctite. Yes the transmisstion was a quart low, and the fluid like black ink, replaced the fluid and the trany is like new. Anyway I like the site and the copy of the sevice manual helped a lot .thanks Smokey
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How did you know what trans he had?
I have an 05 Forenza automatic same tranny?
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You have a ZF 4HP16 in it. and requires ESSO LT 71141 oil in it. It has a fill plug and drain plug.

Here is a link to the manual for your transmission. I downloaded it to my computer for future reference. Hope this helps,


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