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post #1 of 14 Old January 30th, 2012, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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How to change transmission fluid

Well I decided since its been a dry winter with no snow I'd sell my sled and concentrate on getting my RZR in tip top shape for spring... The last thing I need to do is change the transmission fluid. I have the correct fluid but I'm not easily finding the drain plugs. From what I understand there are two different compartments in the transmission that need to be changed. One the main gear box and the other the transaxle??? Anyway. I had no issue changing the front and rear diff fluids but I have full aluminum skids on the bottom... Will I have to pull them to get to the tranny drain plugs and am I looking for two plugs??? I looked it up in the manual but its kinda hard to follow.. and dosn't make it easy to find. The Transmission is labled with the fill and level plugs but I didn't find the drain plugs. Im working all day today but tomorrow I plan to get this done..

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The drain plugs are on the very bottom. There are holes in the skid plate to access them.

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I looked closely. There arn't any holes in my aluminum skids in that area.. I think I must just have to remove them to access these drain plugs.... Maybe I'll cut a couple holes in the skid so next time I can do it without dropping the skids...

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oh, if it isn't the stock skid then yes, you might have to take them off.
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Re: How to change transmission fluid

you better remove the skid plate, even stock one, I stripped the tranfer case drain plug because the hole in the stock skid plate is very small and could not see or feel that i was going cross threads... I fix it temporary and it is holding but will have to go with heli-coil on the next oil change.

BTW, do not over tight the tranny and transfer case drain plugs! they have a small o-ring and shoud be just tight and torque very lightly. the o-ring do the sealing job
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Re: How to change transmission fluid

I just changed all my fluids monday. Its the first time i've done it myself. Remove the skid, lay underneath the rzr and compare the picture in the service manual to your tranny & you will find both drain plugs on the tranny & just follow the fluid change directions in the manual. Be very careful to torque the drain plugs and fill window plug to the correct spec they will strip easily.

For refill of the fluids you'll want to have a funnel with flexible hose on the end cause the fill holes are in awkward location.

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I got her done last night.. I found it weird that the torq specs on the drain plugs and level plug were so light but now I see why, glad I read the torq specs or Im sure I would have over torqed them, Im good at that... anyway I did break one of the large fill plugs, I had a torq wrench on it and didn't even get it to spec and the top broke right off.. so now I have two pieces, one is the top and the other is the threads so the threads don't bottom out on anything, they will just screw right into the tranny.... I ordered a new one and epoxyed this one back together so I can go for a little ride today, it was weird how it broke like that, looked like it had alot of air bubbles in the casting, maybe casting flaws from the factory.... got her done anyway..... thangs guys....

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Lemme remember, oh yeah, on Harleys the torque for 1/4 x 20 bolts is 150 ft-lbs...yup, busted more than my share trying to keep them from coming loose....LOL

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Ya know not tryin to be a smart a$$ but sum times you have to be smarter than the dang manual and use a little common sense when it comes to torque specs and drain plugs, I have read more than one thread where someone has broken, striped, rounded or otherwise destroyed a drain or fill plug by trying to follow the specs stated in the manual. My advise is use common sense when tightening these fasteners, SNUG goes a long ways...just sayin...
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I just changed my fluids and the transfer case used about double the amount of oil as specs indicated. Is this normal, or am I missing something????

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I just changed my fluids and the transfer case used about double the amount of oil as specs indicated. Is this normal, or am I missing something????

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did you fill it up to the level plug or the fill hole?
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I just changed my fluids and the transfer case used about double the amount of oil as specs indicated. Is this normal, or am I missing something????

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did you fill it up to the level plug or the fill hole?
Level plug I thought, but starting to doubt it now. I Need to take a pic and post with this to confirm.
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I just changed my fluids and the transfer case used about double the amount of oil as specs indicated. Is this normal, or am I missing something????

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did you fill it up to the level plug or the fill hole?
I was putting oil in the fill plug........ Lesson learned, and it was still less expensive than having a dealer do it!!

Thanks for the input!
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Well no one ever learned anything without trying and without making mistakes.

Next time it will be a snap!!

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