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Old 02-20-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Changing Tranmission Fluid

Has anyone changed their own tranny fluid?
I have a allison 3000 mh an was wondering how much trouble it would be to change it myself,and filters. I know it's a lot of fluid to get rid of,but if I could do it myself,mabey save a couple hundred $$$ to buy fuel with.
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:36 AM   #2
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If I can do it, You can do it...Do a search on this for transynd, or allison synthitic..There is a guy who retired from allison that set the specks on fluid..I bought the synthetc and changed it twice to get the old fluid out. Now i should be good for a long time. no harder than changing oil, except for the magnet in the filter to watch for. I let the trash company pick up the used oil for recycling. or take it back to the parts store
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I don't think there is a magnet in the 3000.
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Did you have to run the jacks down to get under the coach? I know there are several different brands of fluid that meets allison specs other than the transyend,were the filters hard to change?
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charlee, if you have or have access to Motorhome magizine Feb 12, there is a great write up with photos and all on changing the fluid and filters on the 3000. If you want I will try and scan it from my copy and send it to you. PM me with an email if you want it.

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Just make sure you meet the allison specs on the fluid. There are many synthentic fluids but few meet the required spec called for. Read the containers carefully! Changing the filters requires the moving of six bolts (I think) for each filter. You should use a torque wrench when tightning back up. My filter kit came with several different O rings so just be sure to use the correct replacements. Change one filter at a time so not to get confused. Try to keep some sort of measurement of how much old fluid drained so you have some idea of how much to put back in. It's easier to add versue trying to remove the new fluid. Get yourself a "hand pump" that attaches to the quart containers to use to fill with the new filter. As said, its just like changing oil except for 2 filters and much more fluid. Bought my filters from ATS Transmission in Arlington TX for about $95.00. 817-861-3304. You need to know if you have a shallow sump or deep sump when buying the filters. Get the serial/model number of the xmission and they can tell you which you have. This will also tell you how much fluid your unit requires. This is not a cheap oil change but you will save $$$ doing yourself.
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Thanks George,charleeiii@tds.net
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All, I have done a color scan of the artical in a PDF file, but I do not know how to insert it here. PM me with email address and I will send it to anyone that wants it.
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charlee, if you have or have access to Motorhome magizine Feb 12, there is a great write up with photos and all on changing the fluid and filters on the 3000. If you want I will try and scan it from my copy and send it to you. PM me with an email if you want it.

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I second this article. It will tell you everything you need to know.
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The proper synthetic fluid has a industry ID number of TES-295. Any syntheric fluid that has "Meets TES-295 Specifications" on the container is approved by Allison.

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Charlie. it's not a big deal, you just need to be able to deal with 5 gal or so of fluid. The filters come out of the bottom 6 bolts each both filters are the same, your new filters should come in a "kit" with all necessary seals and gaskets. As your filters are in the sump of the trans there is no way to prefill them, just refill the trans to the cold mark on the dip stick.You should use a torque wrench to tighten the bolts when you put them back. Also the owners manual for the chassis should give you the APROX. compacity aproach it carefully and don't over fill. Have fun
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I don't think there is a magnet in the 3000.
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The proper synthetic fluid has a industry ID number of TES-295. Any synthetic fluid that has "Meets TES-295 Specifications" on the container is approved by Allison.

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Just because it says it "meets" the specs doesn't mean it's approved by Allison. It has to have been tested and certified BY ALLISON and not another lab or a statement on the label that it "meets" Allisons specs
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