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anyone here note how much fluid comes out at a normal drain? i notice that my extractor consistently gets right at the 5 liter mark every time. just curious if much more doing the drain plug way.
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Thats sounds about right, just about the same when you drop the pan. If you want to get more out suck that out give it some time and try again, you should get some more.



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Can you use a vac pump for this? Just suck it up from where the tranny dipstick goes?[/b]
that's the way i do it. i have also extracted it thru the cooler line, but that's a lot messier. i can get a couple more liters that way, but it's too much work. thru the dipstick takes about 20 min, and absolutely no mess. then, i turn the switch on the extractor, and pump it into a waste container, and take it to the place where i got it.
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Nice, yeah I think I need a bigger container for that then. The one that came with my mityvac was pretty **** small. I had to empty it about 4-5 times doing the PS fluid. What's the change intervals on the tranny fluid?
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What's the change intervals on the tranny fluid?[/b]
I believe 30K miles. By the how much does the tranny hold for the 2.3? Like 8 qts?

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According to the owner's manual, there is no change interval, just a level inspection. Since we all know that can't be right, every 30K miles is reasonable and not asking much (once every 2-4 years typically) given only 4-5 quarts can be removed each time. Cars getting lots of highway time can probably go every 40K miles IMO. 8.5L capacity for the KL and 7.8L for the KJ.
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anyone here note how much fluid comes out at a normal drain? i notice that my extractor consistently gets right at the 5 liter mark every time. just curious if much more doing the drain plug way.[/b]
Ken, in my experience if the car is level when you remove the drain plug, you get the most fluid which is the same as using vacuum. Since I only raise one wheel in my case vacuuming extracts more fluid.

I get 1 gallon sharp.

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ok. looks like i am getting the same amount as a drain pan method. i wish the oil dipstick method was as good. still gotta get under there to get the filter, tho. that is the messiest part
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ok. looks like i am getting the same amount as a drain pan method. i wish the oil dipstick method was as good. still gotta get under there to get the filter, tho. that is the messiest part[/b]
I took a shower last year thinking the drain plug would remove all the fluid

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