Mother of Jesus!! That's what I don't have...A FAT WALLET. I'll start with the first two. Question any idea where I might find info on how to replace the pressure switches?^^^ AS plplplpl stated ..usually after option 1 was complete the hard shifting will go away ..if not ..Hope you have a big wallet .
I would try the fluid swap first .. one of my ride is over 250k and still running oem parts on the trans .. never had to play with pressure switches ..yetMother of Jesus!! That's what I don't have...A FAT WALLET. I'll start with the first two. Question any idea where I might find info on how to replace the pressure switches?
Same here. Try the drain & fills first, but if if it comes to it, get only OEM pressure switches if you want to save yourself a lot of grief.I would try the fluid swap first .. one of my ride is over 250k and still running oem parts on the trans .. never had to play with pressure switches ..yet
Are you going to DIY?Thanks guys! Thankfully the transmission works fine and I believe that by flushing it and following these recommendations it show go away. It hasn't begun to slip in any way so hopefully everything will be ok. I'll keep you all posted.
I will do it myself this weekend. Any good advice is welcomed and extremely appreciated guys. I'm new to all this and I really want to take care of this car so that it can last me a good while.Are you going to DIY?
Wal-Mart has 4 quart jugs of MaxaLife ATF for under $18 X 3 = $54 + tax. That's easy on the wallet. There are many here that will give advise on how too. Not every YouTube video is the best way.
Doing this today guys. Bought 3 gallons of Valvoline MaxLife ATF. Somebody at the auto parts asked why I needed so much ATF for my Pilot and I explained what I was going to do. He then suggested I use Lucas Transmission anti-slip additive and use it when I feel for the 3rd time. Didn't buy it since you guys never mentioned it but anyways just thought I mentioned it to you guys. Wish me luck guys. I'll post some pics of when I start and when I finish.I was wondering when the link to the fill port vs. dipstick tube poll was going to show up.
Just wear mechanics gloves with padded knuckles if you use the fill port. You’ll understand why when you try to break that bolt free.
And 3x drain and fill means:
1) 1x drain and fill
2) drive around for a few miles
3) let things cool down
4) 1x drain and fill
5) drive around for a few miles
6) let things cool down
7) 1x drain and fill
8) drive around for a few miles
9) check tranny fluid level is correct
Answer me this though. What the heck with the bolt for the Transmission Fluid (upper one)? Am I supposed to first take the one at the bottom off and drain the transmission first to release the pressure from the one up top? Jesus!Good luck! And good call giving the Lucas transmission stuff a pass. Looking forward to those pics.
FINALLYYYYY, guys I'm done with the transmission flush and let me tell you WHAT A DIFFERENCE in the shifting. It's sooo smooth!! I have to say what a pain in the rear end with the fill hole bolt. It took me nearly an hour to get that sucker loosened up. Pictures coming up.Yup, it's a bear to loosen. As I said, be prepared to break a sweat and/or bust a knuckle. And loosen it first, if you're going that route, because if you drain first then can't loosen the fill hole, then you have to fill through the dipstick port. At least that's an option, and a lot of folks just do it that way.
ATF: Fill Hole or Dipstick Port?
For the VTM-4 fluid, however, you don't have an alternative fill method, so there's another instance it's important to loosen the fill hole first.