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Old 06-22-2009, 04:19 PM   #1
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Just did something really stupid...

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Was trying to change my own oil on my new 2SS/RS V8, 650 miles and what I thought was the drain plug for the oil, wasn't...It was draining out red fluid. This plug was located further behind the oil filter and obviously wasn't oil...What did I just drain out of the car? Wow, I feel really stupid right about now...Is the oil drain plug positioned horizontally in this car in front of the oil filter?

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Old 06-22-2009, 04:20 PM   #2
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I would say auto tranny fluid.
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:21 PM   #3
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:21 PM   #4
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Tranny fluid is my guess...
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:21 PM   #5
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Either transmission fluid, or your car is bleeding
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:23 PM   #6
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Where do I fill the tranny fluid at this point?
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:25 PM   #7
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Tranny fluid...oh yeah DONT DRIVE THE CAR!!...Look in your owners manual and you should find all of the info you need
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:27 PM   #8
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I just don't see where you actually fill the tranny fluid at...
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:37 PM   #9
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anyone have any ideas?
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:40 PM   #10
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Do you have a dipstick to check tranny fluid level?
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:43 PM   #11
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I think you have to go to the dealer to get your tranny fluid replaced because it is a sealed transmission
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:49 PM   #12
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Wow...Last time I try and change my own oil...
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:50 PM   #13
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This makes sounds pretty inept, but I used to change my oil on my Pontiac Grand Prix GTP all the time, then didn't with my GTO and decided I would start again with my Camaro...
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Old 06-22-2009, 04:55 PM   #14
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On a lot of cars I've messed with, you have to refill the transmission fluid through the dipstick hole. Pretty easy if you have a small funnel. Most take the Dexxon III fluid I believe.
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:11 PM   #15
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I don't think there is a dipstick on our camaros...
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:12 PM   #16
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A local dealer is sending over a flatbed....$125 for the tow, $198 for the transmission service...Maybe I will throw the oil and filter in the trunk and ask them to change that while they are at it...
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:14 PM   #17
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Haha, yeah, I should shut my mouth
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:30 PM   #18
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Guys,

Was trying to change my own oil on my new 2SS/RS V8, 650 miles and what I thought was the drain plug for the oil, wasn't...It was draining out red fluid. This plug was located further behind the oil filter and obviously wasn't oil...What did I just drain out of the car? Wow, I feel really stupid right about now...Is the oil drain plug positioned horizontally in this car in front of the oil filter?

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sounds like something I would do. get all excited for the first oil change and drain the transmission

thanks for posting this though - i'm sure we will all check twice before proceeding to drain the oil!
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:32 PM   #19
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Red = tranny fluid...Most of the time..
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Old 06-22-2009, 05:35 PM   #20
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I didn't even bother to change the oil once I realized what I did...I was so pissed off at myself...I am going to throw the oil and filter in the trunk and have the dealer change it when they service the tranny...I figured I would be ridiculed for posting that I even did this, but I figured it would be informative nonetheless...
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:20 PM   #21
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You drained the transmission fluid - it is a sealed transmission hence no dip stick (granted in my opinion there should be no bolt to empty the fluid you can't fill it). The way you have to fill it is complicated - but it is like a manual, there is a plug on the top side of the transmission. However, filling to right level, etc is complicated - basically take it to the dealer like I believe you have already planned.

Don't feel stupid - it is a mistake that some people make. I was changing my brothers oil and accidentally drained his transmission (though it was not a sealed tranny) it can happen. But also remember - the oil pan and plug are pretty much directly under the engine, while transmissions are placed back further.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:16 PM   #22
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Just got her back guys...Wow, I guess its a "her" now...Anyways...LOL...$234 for my stupidity...Turns out I only let about 4 quarts leak out, so I only was charged for the fluid and labor...The tow was $125, so they didn't screw me too bad, and I had them change the oil and filter...Hopefully my 1500 mile oil change experience goes a little better...I will try and do that one myself...Are there any good pictures of the drain plug around yet? How about a set of service manuals?

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Old 06-23-2009, 07:49 PM   #23
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there should only be very few bolts under the car to let out a fluid. If you don't remember which one it was that was tranny fluid last time, just slowly unscrew the bolt. If its red, tighten it back up, if its golden or black jackpot. What you did was not stupid, and the more you learn how to do on your own the more money you'll be saving... ESPECIALLY WHEN TAKING IT TO THE DEALER! I've saved my self $1000ssssss by doing my own stuff. If I don't know something I look it up or take a chance. Good luck to you. Also, you may be able to be reimbursed for the tow charge with your auto insurance. holler at them.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:06 PM   #24
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It should be a 15mm bolt head or maybe a 13mm. All the current gm gas engines use a 15mm headed plug. And don't tighten to hard cause you'll stretch the bolt and kill the threads.
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Old 06-23-2009, 08:14 PM   #25
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Did you know... The dealer can refuse warrantee if you maintain your own vehicle? If they call me a liar, get it in writing from the owner and keep it in the glovebox with all your oil/filter purchase receipts. Something to consider.
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