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Hello hello,

I somewhat recently got a 2000 Wagon R, 1.3 auto and am looking to do a full fluids change.

I understand the basic premise of an auto transmission fluid change but what I'm questioning is that the service manual advises to take it to a specific Suzuki service center as it requires specialist tooling but for a manual version it gives full instructions.

I have had a look and I can't figure out why this would require special tools, any of you versed with the specifics of an Auto Transmission Fluid change for a 2000 wagonR?

Any help and or advice on the matter will be very much welcome..

Cheers doodes
 

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I'm making a big assumption here that its the 1.3 petrol.
With an Auto trans, as long as you are mechanically competent and don't mind getting covered in oil and have the required sockets, and engine support brackets (I think theres a support member that has to come off in the Wagon R's) then an auto trans fluid change isn't too bad to do. You do need to remove the sump, clean or change the filter screen, check the inside of the pan for sludge, clean the magnets (if fitted) and refit with new gasket and filter (if its a non cleanable item)
Refill with correct fluid (fluid type is transmission specific) using the wrong fluid will destroy your transmission and set to correct level. You need to confirm in your owners handbook, but it should be Dextron IIE or Dextron III DO NOT use Dextron II as it will cause damage.

With a manual gearbox, you remove drain and fill plugs, drain, refit drain plug, fill with correct grade of gear oil, fit fill/level plug. Thats why the manual is a simple job and the auto is a lot more difficult.

Personally, I'd leave it to the automatic professionals to service, they have the tools and know what else to look at while they are in there with the pan off the bottom.
 
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