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Old 07-18-2005, 05:50 AM   #1
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I have a 2004 P30 with the GM transmission. How difficult to change the fluid? For the first change or 2 could I just drain the fluid out the drain hole and not replace the filter? And does the fluid go back in the almost inaccessible dipstick hole? And how often?
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I have a 2004 P30 with the GM transmission. How difficult to change the fluid? For the first change or 2 could I just drain the fluid out the drain hole and not replace the filter? And does the fluid go back in the almost inaccessible dipstick hole? And how often?
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The first transmission service in particular it is very important to change the filter as well as the fluid. That requires dropping the pan of course.

Yes, you refill the fluid through the dipstick tube. I don't know what brand of coach you have, but on the '94 Bounder that I had, the trans dipstick was fairly accessible, right next to the oil dipstick. I just needed to use a funnel with a flexible hose and pour slowly.

Depending on whether you are towing a car or trailer, I would service the trans every two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Keep an eye on the fluid condition and service the unit if you detect any burned smell (which you probably won't unless you pull a lot of serious mountain grades).
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