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2005 saturn ion: transmission fluid change, when is it needed

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transmission fluid change, when is it needed at what is recommende milage snd is the transmisdion sesled on on the 2005 saturn ion?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Saturn
Expert:  15yearsaturnguy replied 2 years ago.

15yearsaturnguy :

Hello and thank you for your post. I am a master certified GM tech, with 15 years Saturn experience,and can help you to resolve your issue.

15yearsaturnguy :

this manual transaxle uses dexron 3, 4 or 6 fluid and has no actual published replacement interval

15yearsaturnguy :

it can be changed , we usually recommended it at 100K miles for maintenance due to the fact that the red line is usually driven harder than a standard ion (which has a different manual trans anyway)

15yearsaturnguy :

the fill plug is in the drivers wheel well and the drain is at the bottom

15yearsaturnguy :

it uses around 2 or 3 quarts and is a pain to fill unless you have a pump that can get the fluid up and into the fill hole (the bottle will not fit in the opening so you need a transfer pump)

15yearsaturnguy :

thats what I use

15yearsaturnguy :

I clean out a bottle, put 3 quarts in the bottle and pump it in

15yearsaturnguy :

the plugs are a 10MM allen key if I remember right and the fill plug is super tight. very hard to get loose the first time

15yearsaturnguy :

I have a key that is belt badly due to this

15yearsaturnguy :

hope this helps

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