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Ok, the headlight capsule will not come off without taking the bumper off, however there is an easy solution to getting to the filter. Simply take out the battery and it will give you access to the 2 bolts holding the bracket for the tranny filter on. take these 2 bolts out, and then follow the line down and unclip them and pull the bracket, filter, and lines out. Once i figured this out it's about a 10 minute job at best. You will need a vise and pipe wrench if this is the first time the filter has been changed, they must torque the heck out of it when they initially install it.
You do not, i repeat DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE BUMPER OFF OR TAKE HEADLIGHT OUT. Just undo tire and then take down the fender well and tada, there's the filter.
 

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You can replace the filter through the left front wheel inner liner. You will need to remove some of the attaching hardware and move it out of the way.
 

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Have you had problems with transmission shifting erratically when taking off? What i mean by erratically is like it slips out of gear and then shifts hard ?
 

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My drain only gets out 3 quarts by putting it up on ramps cold and letting it drain for 10 minutes. I'd rather get 3 out than 4 if it means I can be done faster. If the bottom bolt is left off of the headlamp assembly, you can just pull it forward to access the filter...super easy.
 

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I attach a clear 3/8 hose to the pressure side of the cooler circuit. You can do this at the tranny, the filter, radiator, or the loop for external cooler. Drain the pan first, then refill with 3 quarts. With the clear hose going into a pan where you can see with access to the ignition, start the car and let run till you just start to see bubbles in the hose. Then shut off, fill with 3 more quarts and repeat a couple more times. This will generally get all the fluid changed. You can even run through the gears quickly to move fluid through the valve body and pistons, but that's a pretty small amount.
 

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Finally got around to replacing the transmission filter. I planned carefully and had a supposedly correct cap wrench (64 mm nominal), but it just slipped because the filter was on very tight. Another thing is that the sheetmetal bracket holding the filter housing is flexible and starts to move. The solution was to wedge a scrap piece of 3/4" board between the filter and the bracket for the washer bottle. The filter eventually gave way with the use of adjustable pliers (Irwin, like Channellock but with a spring loaded detent to hold the adjustment). It ended up mangled real bad. Managed to torque the new filter to the lower limit of the specification (12 - 16 Nm, printed on the OE filter) just holding the bracket with my hand. The cap wrench came in handy, but I added some masking tape on the inside to make it grip tighter.
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The internal filter, on the first design 5EAT anyway, is simply a rather crude mesh screen, just like on 4EAT all the way back to late 1980s. The spin-on filter is what catches the grit that results from normal wear.
 

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well. So called "facelifted" 5eat - both filters are "normal" filters, not like early 5eat.
I wonder - what it (crude mesh screen) is supposed to catch then...
 

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well. So called "facelifted" 5eat - both filters are "normal" filters, not like early 5eat.
I wonder - what it (crude mesh screen) is supposed to catch then...
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well. So called "facelifted" 5eat - both filters are "normal" filters, not like early 5eat.
I wonder - what it (crude mesh screen) is supposed to catch then...
It's kind of like the screen on the pick-up tube in the engine oil pan. Yes, you can say that if the chunks of debris in the pan are big enough to get caught in the screen, the transmission is already done for anyway. On the other hand, it does make sense to have a finer filter on the-high pressure side. On the suction side, the oil can't be pushed through the filter with more pressure difference than atmospheric pressure, about 15 psi. On the high-pressure side, you can have a fine filter that may need a larger pressure difference to push the fluid through. Exact same reason why engine oil filter is on the high-pressure side and not in the oil pan.
 
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