How to Replace Your Automatic Transmission Pan Gasket
Your vehicle needs sufficient lubrication for its transmission to work properly. Hence, it is equipped with an automatic transmission pan that keeps its fluid safe. This pan also needs further protection, which is why the automatic transmission pan gasket is there. However, the gasket can also wear out over time. Hence, you must replace your old automatic transmission pan gasket immediately. Doing the task by yourself is not a problem. Here are the steps that will surely help you out:
Difficulty level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- Floor jack and jack stands
- Drain pan
- Penetrating spray
- Socket wrench
- New automatic transmission pan gasket
Step 1: As a safety measure before the replacement of your automatic transmission pan gasket, you must ensure that the parking brake is engaged, and the wheels on the rear area are secured.
Step 2: Lift off your vehicle with the help of a floor jack and jack stands. This can allow you to gain better access to the assembly of your automatic transmission pan gasket, which is on the underside of your vehicle.
Step 3: Find the location of the oil pan underneath your vehicle so that you can put the drain pan beneath afterwards. Make sure that the drain pan will be in a proper place where possible fluid spill can be caught immediately.
Step 4: You may now loosen up and remove the mounting bolts of the automatic transmission pan, so you can gain access to its gasket. If the bolts are too tight to be taken out, you can use a penetrating spray for easier removal.
Step 5: Once all the bolts are removed, you may now take off the old pan. However, you must be aware that fluids may still spill from the transmission pan itself. Hence, ensure that the drain pan will be able to catch all of these.
Step 6: You can now gain access to the gasket of your old automatic transmission pan. Using the appropriate wrench, remove its bolts that are fastened to the pan. You can make use of the penetrating spray once again to loosen them up more easily.
Step 7: To attach your new automatic transmission pan gasket, put it down on the surface of the new transmission pan. Make sure that it will be evenly placed by smoothening it out with your hands.
Step 8: Align the bolt holes of the new automatic transmission pan properly with the bolt holes of your new gasket.
Step 9: Fasten the bolts of your new automatic transmission pan gasket on the pan itself securely with the help of a socket wrench in a crisscross pattern.
Step 10: Take off the drain pan underneath your vehicle that was used earlier, and gently remove the floor jack and jack stands on your vehicle to lower it down to ground level.
Step 11: Refill the necessary oil and transmission fluid that leaked earlier upon removing the automatic transmission pan.
Step 12: Start your engine to test the efficiency of the replacement of your automatic transmission pan gasket after several minutes.