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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:55 pm 
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01/03/2013

Hi,

I own a 1988 automatic trans. canadian firefly. 3 cyl. 2 doors. My transmission is acting weird. hard to shift when cold.

Ive decided to change the fluid first. I bought a filter but will do that later. Is it difficult to remove the pan...how many holes, etc.

and most important : HOW MUCH liters does the trans hold ?? when hot/cold please.

many tx.

Sylvain Rozon from Canada.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:04 am 
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Changing the transmission filter on this car is very easy. However if you have never changed the filter on it, I recommend you doing so. On all the used Geo/swift I have owned each time I pulled the pan to change the filter (after purchasing the car) it was pretty disgusting.

A refill should be about 3.5 Liters, but I suggest doing this twice with about 1 week of driving between each change to help flush out the old fluid. I used Synthetic ATF fluid, http://www.rallyelube.com/products/atf/ ... l_ATF.html but you can use Amsoil ATF or any other branded Dexron 3 fluid.

A good reference can be found here http://geometroforum.com/topic/3987582/1/

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:48 am 
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scubaman wrote:
Changing the transmission filter on this car is very easy. However if you have never changed the filter on it, I recommend you doing so. On all the used Geo/swift I have owned each time I pulled the pan to change the filter (after purchasing the car) it was pretty disgusting.

A refill should be about 3.5 Liters, but I suggest doing this twice with about 1 week of driving between each change to help flush out the old fluid. I used Synthetic ATF fluid, http://www.rallyelube.com/products/atf/ ... l_ATF.html but you can use Amsoil ATF or any other branded Dexron 3 fluid.

A good reference can be found here http://geometroforum.com/topic/3987582/1/

:goodpost:
Except the Dexron VI is backward compatible and should be used.

Check it out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEXRON

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:58 am 
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Phil N Ed wrote:
scubaman wrote:
Changing the transmission filter on this car is very easy. However if you have never changed the filter on it, I recommend you doing so. On all the used Geo/swift I have owned each time I pulled the pan to change the filter (after purchasing the car) it was pretty disgusting.

A refill should be about 3.5 Liters, but I suggest doing this twice with about 1 week of driving between each change to help flush out the old fluid. I used Synthetic ATF fluid, http://www.rallyelube.com/products/atf/ ... l_ATF.html but you can use Amsoil ATF or any other branded Dexron 3 fluid.

A good reference can be found here http://geometroforum.com/topic/3987582/1/

:goodpost:
Except the Dexron VI is backward compatible and should be used.

Check it out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DEXRON


Good info to know..

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 Post subject: re. alternator problem
PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:36 am 
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21/03/2013

Sylvain Rozon

Ive had the battery changed recently. The real problem is the alternator not charging. Its about 4-5 yeras of usage.

Can u help me in replacing it....how many bolts, etc ...

TX.

SYLVAIN ROZON on ebay.

CAR IS A 1988 blue canadian firefly. 2drs and automatic.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2013 9:32 pm 
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You should have started a new thread for your problem.

Did you have the Alternator tested While in was in the vehicle to confirm that it is the culprit? This can assist in determining if its the regulator or more that needs to be serviced. Did you check all the fuses & wiring continuity between alternator and battery?

To remove the Alternator is simple. It is intuitive.

disconnect battery
disconnect wiring to alternator (one is bolted the other is a plug in to the voltage regulator)
loosen upper bolt which is used to tension the belt on the alternator
loosen lower 2 bolts that the alternator pivots on
remove belt
remove bolts
remove alternator

I had an alternator go bad due to a bad voltage regulator. I replaced the regulator and installed and back on the road.

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