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<B>wingzero</B> <P></P> so do you want to know how to change it or if you should.
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To change it, you would:<P></P>
1. drain out all the oil from the transmission pan. There is a plug, very similar to the engine oil pan. <P></P>
2. After it is all out, then you would begin to remove the pan. I can't remember how many bolts it is but it is alot. If you have an air ratchet, get it out. Once all the bolts are out, get a flat head screw driver and pry off the pan. There is no "physical gasket" on the pan, it is actually made up of slicone. If you want to you can get a putty knife and scrap off the old slicone. Keep in mind, you will need new slicone to reseal the pan. (You can get it at your local auto parts store, make sure you get the import one)<P></P>
3. Once the pan is off, look at the transmission. You will see the filter there. It is held on by 1 screw. Unscrew it and remove it. You should be able to tell the condition of it just by looking at it, since all it really does is hold any metal shavings to prevent from flowing thru the tranny. If you have alot of metal shavings, you should have your tranny inspected, cuz that's not good.<P></P>
4. Replace the filter, (just get the one from Lexus, as there is no such thing as a high performance filter for the tranny)<P></P>
5. Make sure you apply silicone on the pan before you reinstall it. <P></P>
6. Begin to bolt the pan up, start with the four courners, then add a bolt in an X pattern so the silicone will spread evenly.<P></P>
7. If you have not added the plug, add it.<P></P>
8. Refill your tranny fluid.<P></P>
9. Thats it. It should take you about 2-3 hours depending on your skill level and the types of tools you are using.
 
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