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      12-08-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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2 quarts of atf came out when removing fill bolt

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I was doing a transfer case fluid change and mistakenly opened up the transmission fill bolt instead and 2 quarts of atf came out. Is that normal? My car was on all four jack stand and was leveled. It doesn't seem nornmal to me.

Who has done their ATF change and removed the fill plug first? Can you chime in.

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      12-08-2014, 12:55 PM   #2
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When changing its normal. remember when you fill it the car should be running. If you fill it without it running your transmission will not be happy and if you drive on it without the extra fluid it will be toast in less than a week.
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      12-08-2014, 01:03 PM   #3
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HI thanks for the response and advice. I read that you are suppose to fill it back until it starts to pour out, close the fill hole but not snug and then turn the car on. Wait until temperature reaches 30-50 via software, open the fill hole and fill until it starts to come out of the fill hole? Is this not correct?

Ohh and 2 quarts coming out of the fill hole while the car is off is normal right?

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      12-08-2014, 01:10 PM   #4
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Yes its normal.

Yes the filling procedure is correct. It must be running the 2nd time you fill it. MUST!!!
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^^ thanks WilliamS
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If the engine was hot, yes that's normal. Trans fluid will expand
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Torque converter fills up as the engines running hence that fluid pouring out with ththe engine off.
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