Can I remove transmission fluid with my fluid pump?

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Simon Rodgers

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I have a 2011 1500 and it's time for a transmission service. All the videos I watched show people slowly removing the pan and hoping they dont make too much of a mess. Is there any reason I cant put my fluid pump down the dip stick tube and suck most the fluid out before dropping the pan?
 

Ken226

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Yes, but for me it didn't work.

Well, It kinda did work, but didn't help.

I pumped out the fluid from the dipstick tube until it was slurping air. I confidently crawled under, removed the bolts and dropped a pan FULL of fluid onto my face.

Not sure how it's possible, since I pumped out about a gallon, but yea, it still had A LOT in the pan, even after I pumped till it was sucking air.

I decided to just chock it up to magic. Took a shower, and finished the job.



Then took another shower

It's done, and the trucks running great on Oreilly's brand ATF+4.

But, whoever decided not to put a drain plug on these should be hit in the face with a shovel.

Realistically, I think that the location of the dipstick tube causes the pump hose to stop at a shelf, that is at the highest point in the pan. Leaves a lot in the low areas.

Mine is a 65rfe, 2013. Your is probably a 545rfe, which is the same transmission.
 
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