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Old 05-16-2011, 08:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Automatic Transmission Fluid Capacity

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I have a new to me 1994 Suzuki Sidekick 4dr automatic 4x4. I just dropped the trans pan and changed the filter but I am a little confused as the manual and the auto parts store told me around 2.6 quarts to fill. However I am on 4 quarts already and just barely on the dipstick... whats the deal. Also I noticed that there is a small vacuum hose in the engine compartment leading from the front diff and not attached to anything on the other end... what is this?

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Old 05-16-2011, 09:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That small hose coming off the front diff is likely your vent. 4 quarts is in the right neighborhood. 2.6 sounds skinny
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That vent tube should run from the diff up into the engine bay near front of rocker cover and would have had a cap on it. This vent allows the diff to get warm and allow the air in the pumpkin to ebb and flow with the heat changes.
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I want to tell you a story about changing tranny fluid in my geo trackers. I would once a year have my mechanic change my tranny fluid in my trackers. He would take the pan off and change the filter- about 3 qts. Well I found out when I took it to real tranny shop and hade them do a tranny service where they actually drain the torque converter and do it right the tranny holds approximately 10 qts. Don`t believe me? Ask the experts.
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10 quarts?? You must have a leak somewhere - are you sure it isn't dripping out on the floor??
If you are just draining and refilling the auto tranny (specs for 3 speed), it takes 6 pints (2.8 liters) of tranny fluid. If you are doing an overhaul, it takes 9.7 pints (4.6 liters).
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I called my tranny shop this morning to ask him again about the tranny capacity of the hydramatic 3L30 in the trackers. This is a transmission flush and it takes 9-10 quarts in this procedure.
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A flush is a totally different animal. I was able to get more than 4 quarts into mine after blowing all the fluid out of the cooler lines.
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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its here
depends on methods, and the vents are normal
94 FSM
page 7B17 3L30
2.9Liters pan off
5.1liters OVERHAUL ( every drop gone ,worst case)

1 liters = 1.05668821 US quarts 5.1 x 1.056 = ? ( use 4 banger)

a liter is a tiny tad long quart. LOL!

and btw , casting differences , variances, can change volumes a bit.

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to do a full flush it means using more that max capacity.
why.?
because during the procedure of sucking new fluid, the new gets mixed with old.
the law of diminishing returns ,is in effect.

there is no TC drain, therefore there is no other way.
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Thank you for all the replies. Well, it ended up taking about 4 1/2 quarts to top of the level on the stick.
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