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How to Replace Transmission 4L60E Filter Gasket 00-12 Chevy Suburban SUV

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How to Replace Transmission 4L60E Filter Gasket 00-12 Chevy Suburban SUV

Created on: 2014-06-23

Learn how to replace your transmission filter. The experts at 1A Auto show how to change a rusty or clogged filter in your 00-06 Chevy Suburban or Tahoe or GMC Yukon

  1. step 1 :Lowering the Exhaust
    • Raise and secure the vehicle on jack stands
    • Loosen the three 15mm nuts from the exhaust pipes
  2. step 2 :Draining the Transmission Fluid
    • Have a drain pan ready
    • Remove the 15mm drain plug
    • Replace and tighten the 15mm drain plug
    • Remove the 13mm bolts from the transmission pan
    • Tap the pan with a hammer
    • Pry down the front of the transmission pan
    • Allow the transmission fluid to drain
  3. step 3 :Removing the Transmission Filter
    • Pull off the transmission filter
    • Check to make sure all the bolts holding the valve body are at 96 inch-pounds from the middle out
    • Insert a pick between the case and the seal
    • Tap the seal out
    • Push the new seal in
  4. step 4 :Cleaning the Transmission Pan
    • Wipe residue off the pan with a rag
    • Scrape the gasket residue off the pan with a razor blade
  5. step 5 :Installing the New Transmission Filter
    • Put the magnet into the transmission pan
    • Put a new gasket or RTV onto the transmission pan
    • Push the new filter into place
    • Thread two 13mm bolts through the pan and gasket to hold the gasket in place
    • Put the pan into place
    • Tighten the two 13mm bolts
    • Insert the remaining 13mm bolts into the pan
    • Tighten the 13mm bolts in a crossing pattern to 15 foot-pounds
  6. step 6 :Reinstalling the Exhaust
    • Insert the 15mm nuts into the exhaust
  7. step 7 :Refilling the Transmission Fluid
    • Pull out the transmission dipstick
    • Refill the transmission fluid using a funnel
    • Put the dipstick back
    • Start the engine
    • Check the transmission fluid with the vehicle running
    • Stop the engine
    • Add fluid as necessary

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper

    Funnel

    Hammer

    Jack Stands

    Pick

    Drain Pan

    Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    RTV

    Transmission Fluid

    Cloth Rags

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

    Swivel

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

    13mm Socket

    15mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of 1AAuto.com. Thanks.

In this video, we're going to show you how to service your transmission, and this is recommended every 100,000 miles. This is a 2002 Suburban with a deep pan, same as most 2000-2006 1500 series trucks and SUVs. You'll need a range of tools, as well as a new filter and fluid to get the job done.

You'll want to raise and support your vehicle, and you're going to need to loosen the exhaust. There are three 15mm nuts holding it on each side. You take these off so that the exhaust will drop down and give you extra clearance for the pan. One of the bolts, you will need a swivel or a universal joint in order to get to it.

Your transmission pin's located right here, and there's a 15mm drain plug. Just remove the drain plug. Make sure you have a drip pan underneath, and just let the fluid drain out. Now replace your drain plug and tighten it back up, and then remove the series of 13mm bolts along the outside of your transmission pin. The hardest one to get to is the one in this corner here. You just want to use a solid extension and a 13mm socket and ratchet. Just put that on the bolt, and pry that cable aside using the extension, and just remove the bolt. Then we'll just fast-forward as Mike removes the rest of those 13mm bolts.

This process can be done entirely with hand tools; we're just going to use some air tools to speed up the process. Now tap the pan with a hammer and pull it down. Now, using a pry bar, pry between the transmission case and the bracket for the shift cable. Pry that bracket out and pull the pan down.

Okay, while we have the filter out, I go around and check all the bolts that hold the valve body in place, and make sure they're at 96 inch-pounds. When you tighten them, you want to start with the middle one and kind of go out in a spiral pattern. Okay, I'm going to use a straight pick, and very carefully tap it between the case and the seal. I'm trying to basically bend the seal out of there. Also being very careful not to scratch the aluminum.

Now we'll install the new seal. We push it in, try and push it in evenly with your fingers first to get it started, and then you can use a 19mm socket. We actually use the extension as well. You put the socket onto the extension backwards and tap it with a hammer to get it in. Okay, just use a nice lint-free cloth or a paper towel, wipe the rim, and wipe up any old transmission fluid that you can.

Take your new transmission pin and put the gasket into place. Feed the bolts up through the holes. The gasket will hold the bolts into place. You don't need to do this with all the bolts, just a few of them; enough to get it started. Feed the pan back up in over the exhaust and use your pry bar.

Pry out again on the bracket for the shift cable so that the pan can go up into place. Now start all the bolts in, and I always start them by hand first. Just make sure that you don't cross-thread them into the transmission, and we'll fast-forward here. Like I said, I start all the bolts in first, and then tighten them up preliminarily. Now you want to torque each of these 13mm bolts in a crossing pattern to about 15 foot-pounds. We'll just fast-forward as Mike does the rest of these. Now just replace these 15mm nuts. We'll fast-forward as Mike tightens those up.

Okay, when you go to refill your transmission, it's kind of a three-step process. Right here is the full hot line, okay, and there's a little range here. What you want is when the vehicle's hot, you want your level anywhere from the middle to the upper part of that. Actually, you can see down here, it says "cold."

What you'll want to do is, when your engine's not running, fill your transmission fluid probably up to about the bottom of here. Then start your vehicle, put it in reverse, and first or drive a couple times, get the transmission fluid circulating, and then at that point, check and fill until you're at the cold line. Then drive your vehicle quite a bit, get the transmission nice and warm, and then check and make sure that the transmission fluid's in here. You want to make sure that the transmission is hot before you check it, and make sure it's here. If it's not, you just add a little more fluid and get it to the right level.

Now use a funnel, and you want to make sure that the inside of the funnel is clean. Then take your transmission fluid and just replace the fluid. Okay, so three quarts got me to there. I'll start it up, put it in reverse, and first a couple times to start that transmission fluid. After you've done that, just go back to the dipstick, pull it out, and wipe it down. Replace the dipstick and check the level. If it's not right, add more fluid and repeat the process.

We hope this video helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We're the company that's here for you on the Internet and in person.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Razor Blade / Gasket Scraper
  • Funnel
  • Hammer
  • Jack Stands
  • Pick
  • Drain Pan
  • Floor Jack

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • RTV
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Cloth Rags

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet
  • Swivel

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pry Bar

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 13mm Socket
  • 15mm Socket

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