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2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill #4519772
09/18/17 07:54 PM
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This weekend we did the 2nd spill & fill on the Sonic at ~ 38,000 miles . First was at about 10000 miles ago .

Held ~ 4.5 quarts of Tropartic synthetic Dexron 6 .

Both times it drained out nearly black . I hear that is a characteristic of this transmission . Sure makes me wonder ?

Hope to continue doing this until it starts to come out at least some what red .

Best wishes , :-)


Wyr
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Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4519783
09/18/17 08:08 PM
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I've just done a spill and fill this pass weekend in my Malibu it pour out a little darker then the fluid I put in a year ago castrol transmax . About 15k on the fluid


2013 Malibu 2LT M1 5w30
2013 Accord Sport M1 AP 0w20
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4519818
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When I run out of what I have on the shelf , I may try the Castrol .

How many miles do you have , total on the transmission ?

Thanks , :-)


Wyr
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Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: Ram02] #4519831
09/18/17 09:15 PM
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Originally Posted By: Ram02
I've just done a spill and fill this pass weekend in my Malibu it pour out a little darker then the fluid I put in a year ago castrol transmax . About 15k on the fluid
I did my malibu at 25k w STP dex6 and it was very black. 34k on her now.


2015 Malibu LT 2.5L PPPP 0w20 46.1K
2007 Escape XLT 3.0L 5Q STHM 5w30/1Q MC full syn 5W20 115K
2010 Fusion SE 2.5L MC 0w20 110K
2008 Escape XLT 2.3L MC 5w30 187K
2007 Fusion SE 2.3L- 173.5K STHM 0W20
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4519836
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Was the factory fill fluid a black color? Wonder if there is a fluid / metal clash that is causing the color change or some part of the transmission is being severely stressed.

Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: xtell] #4519871
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Originally Posted By: xtell
Was the factory fill fluid a black color? Wonder if there is a fluid / metal clash that is causing the color change or some part of the transmission is being severely stressed.
trans shifts great, my only problem with it is if you come to a quick stop it sometimes downshifts hard.


2015 Malibu LT 2.5L PPPP 0w20 46.1K
2007 Escape XLT 3.0L 5Q STHM 5w30/1Q MC full syn 5W20 115K
2010 Fusion SE 2.5L MC 0w20 110K
2008 Escape XLT 2.3L MC 5w30 187K
2007 Fusion SE 2.3L- 173.5K STHM 0W20
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: xtell] #4520079
09/19/17 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted By: xtell
Was the factory fill fluid a black color? Wonder if there is a fluid / metal clash that is causing the color change or some part of the transmission is being severely stressed.


Factory fill was very dark , also . Of course , I realize I am only draining roughly 1/2 of the total contained .

Very dark this time too .

Both with re-fills Dexron 6 synthetic .

Do not know about severely stressed ? Wife does not drive any harder than most people , I guess . I baby it , trying to get better MPG .

This is a 6 speed automatic in Chevy's next to smallest car . Same trans ( I am told ) is used in the Cruze , next size larger car .

Engine is a 1.8l 4 banger w/ DOHC , NA . Not geared particularly high , mid range . Maybe a tad low . Certainly lower ( judging by the tachometer ) than the Silverado work truck or 2006 Buick .

Hoping to repeat the spill & fill every 10000 - 20000 miles untill the fluid lightens up .

Thanks , :-)


Wyr
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Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: gabriel9766] #4520080
09/19/17 07:17 AM
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Originally Posted By: gabriel9766
Originally Posted By: xtell
Was the factory fill fluid a black color? Wonder if there is a fluid / metal clash that is causing the color change or some part of the transmission is being severely stressed.
trans shifts great, my only problem with it is if you come to a quick stop it sometimes downshifts hard.


Pretty sure it shifts under electronic control . What you are describing may be more of a software issue ?

Best wishes , :-)


Wyr
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Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4520474
09/19/17 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted By: WyrTwister
When I run out of what I have on the shelf , I may try the Castrol .

How many miles do you have , total on the transmission ?

Thanks , :-)


I have over 67k on the tranny and this is my 4th drain and fill I'm run it out to 110k and do another . Castrol seems to hold up pretty good


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2013 Accord Sport M1 AP 0w20
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4520498
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Thanks , :-)


Wyr
God bless
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4520811
09/19/17 10:52 PM
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Our younger son was helping me .

The neighborhood cat came by to supervise . :-)


Wyr
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Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4520859
09/20/17 12:39 AM
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I think I see your problem. That transmission calls for Dex 6 : not Meow mix

Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4520876
09/20/17 01:14 AM
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How could I have missed that ? :-)

Thanks , :-)


Wyr
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Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4520947
09/20/17 05:50 AM
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Is the cooler line fairly easily accessible? If so, it will probably be easier to do vs. the pan drop and will get pretty much all of the old ATF out.


2015 Dodge Grand Caravan-27k miles.
2006 Mazda 3-163k miles
Re: 2015 Chevy Sonic 1.8l Automatic - Spill & Fill [Re: WyrTwister] #4520990
09/20/17 06:57 AM
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Well this is a little of a long storey .

1 The trans does not have a dip stick .

2 The trans has a drain plug on the bottom .

3 The trans has an " overflow " plug on the side .

4 The trans does not have a DIY serviceable filter .

5 Therefore , the pan is not removed .

That is why I removed the wheel , to better gain access to the plugs .

You are correct , I could use the trans cooler line .

Think I will need to purchase some more ATF Dex 6 , before I mess with it again .

I mentioned the fluid was very dark , on both drains . Currently has 38,000 + miles on the car . Wish I could figure out why ?

Does Dex 6 have a super high amount of detergent additives ?

Thanks , :-)


Wyr
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