How do you change the transmission fluid and filter on a 1996 Chevy Lumina?
1. Make sure the fluid is warm. Warm up the car so the
transmission is at normal operating temperature. Pull the
transmission dipstick (located near the firewall in most cars).
Fresh fluid is translucent and cherry red. Some darkening is
normal, but if it is reddish brown or mustard color and smells like
burnt varnish, it is worn out. 2. Drain the fluid by loosening the
pan. Select the correct filter replacement based on pan shape and
prepare a large pan to catch the fluid. Then loosen each pan bolt a
turn or two and loosen one corner more than rest. Drain mostly from
this corner. 3. Finish removing the pan and any gasket material
from the pan or case. Avoid scratching the metal and make sure the