Transmission fluid change without filter replacement

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
man I don't know. Seeing how finicky that pan is with getting the sealant just right, I really feel like I don't want to mess with it. Plus, FOURTEEN quarts of fluid??? I only bought 12 with the intent of draining and refilling 3 times.
Yes if I were you under time constraint I may just skip it taking the ATF pan down. But the quantity of ATF you need to take the pan down once and replace the filter cartridge should be about the same as you do only the drain-and-fill. 12 quarts for 1 drop-the-pan and 2 drain-and-fills should be enough as each drain-and-fill needs about 3.75 quarts ATF, and 1 drop-the-pan should take 4.2~4.5 quarts.

And the trick of sticking dowel rods in the bolt holes actually has boosted my confidence to drop the ATF pan and apply the silicon sealant.
 
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2014 CX-5 Touring
Blackstone report for fluid drained at around 113,000 miles. Think I'll just continue on with another fluid drain this weekend, and then another after 2 more weeks. Not going to mess with the pan.

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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Blackstone report for fluid drained at around 113,000 miles. Think I'll just continue on with another fluid drain this weekend, and then another after 2 more weeks. Not going to mess with the pan.

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The worst case taking the ATF down and put it back with silicon sealant is leak. It takes time and more ATF if you did it the last round of drain-and-fills to re-do it. I guess once I saw how much sludge on the magnetic and pan, I can’t resist the urge to clean them up. Putting on a new filter cartridge is the secondary to me. Of course this’s just me, skipping the pan drop is perfectly fine.

And please post your used ATF analysis to the following thread:

Skyactiv Transmission Fluid Analysis Thread
 
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12 MZ5 13 CX-5
Just rolled 100K miles on my 2014 CX-5 GT and after reading several comments in forums about realities of "lifetime" transmission fluid, decided to contact my local dealer to inquire about fluid drain/refill and filter change. They said they do the D/R but not filter change. I was surprised to hear that. Just assumed filter change would be a no brainer, understanding that the transmission pan has to be dropped to change the filter.

Wondering what you all think about just doing the D/R without filter change? Seems to me like that would reduce the benefit of having new fluid?
Thanks
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Just did my new to me 2013 CX-5 with 90,000 on it yesterday. Dropped the pan, cleaned the magnet, replaced the old filter with a new Wix part number WL10379. The Wix comes with a rubber gasket, so you don't have to worry about letting the RTV set.

Because I dropped the pan and filter, it changes a lot more fluid than a simple drain and fill. Normal drain and fills are about 3 quarts, the filter drop is about 4.5 quarts of Mazda Type FZ and ONLY MAZDA FZ!!! Don't be tempted to use generic parts store ATF. I promise, it ain't the same stuff. Hell, the FZ is even blue!
 
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2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport FWD Auto
Just did my new to me 2013 CX-5 with 90,000 on it yesterday. Dropped the pan, cleaned the magnet, replaced the old filter with a new Wix part number WL10379. The Wix comes with a rubber gasket, so you don't have to worry about letting the RTV set.

Because I dropped the pan and filter, it changes a lot more fluid than a simple drain and fill. Normal drain and fills are about 3 quarts, the filter drop is about 4.5 quarts of Mazda Type FZ and ONLY MAZDA FZ!!! Don't be tempted to use generic parts store ATF. I promise, it ain't the same stuff. Hell, the FZ is even blue!
That’s very good to know regarding the WIX gasket. Thank you for sharing!
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
That’s very good to know regarding the WIX gasket. Thank you for sharing!
There must be a reason why car manufactures started to use silicon sealant instead of traditional cork gasket on ATF pan. Applying silicon will be more time consuming, in theory it’s not worth it for car manufactures to do it. Cork gasket on ATF pan is horrible and will start to leak in a short period of time. Newer synthetic rubber gasket should be better, but still why it’s not been used by the factory?
 
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2013 Mazda CX-5 Sport FWD Auto
There must be a reason why car manufactures started to use silicon sealant instead of traditional cork gasket on ATF pan. Applying silicon will be more time consuming, in theory it’s not worth it for car manufactures to do it. Cork gasket on ATF pan is horrible and will start to leak in a short period of time. Newer synthetic rubber gasket should be better, but still why it’s not been used by the factory?
Might as well perma-seal the pan to the transmission if there’s no service schedule. Less chance of a leak during the life of the vehicle?
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Just did my new to me 2013 CX-5 with 90,000 on it yesterday. Dropped the pan, cleaned the magnet, replaced the old filter with a new Wix part number WL10379. The Wix comes with a rubber gasket, so you don't have to worry about letting the RTV set.
Good to know. This definitely gives us a good alternative to drop the ATF pan, and have confidence putting it back with ease by a synthetic rubber gasket.

Because I dropped the pan and filter, it changes a lot more fluid than a simple drain and fill. Normal drain and fills are about 3 quarts, the filter drop is about 4.5 quarts of Mazda Type FZ and ONLY MAZDA FZ!!! Don't be tempted to use generic parts store ATF. I promise, it ain't the same stuff. Hell, the FZ is even blue!
This information is contradicted to the quantity reported by many others. Most say drain-and-fill takes about 3.75 quarts of the ATF.

Dropping the pan takes about 4.2~4.5 quarts as quite a bit of ATF would stay in the ATF pan which can’t get drained out.
 
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yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Might as well perms-seal the pan to the transmission if there’s no service schedule. Less chance of a leak during the life of the vehicle?
Makes sense! Like engine oil pan and timing chain cover.
 
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2017 Mazda 6 Sport
There must be a reason why car manufactures started to use silicon sealant instead of traditional cork gasket on ATF pan. Applying silicon will be more time consuming, in theory it’s not worth it for car manufactures to do it. Cork gasket on ATF pan is horrible and will start to leak in a short period of time. Newer synthetic rubber gasket should be better, but still why it’s not been used by the factory?
That WIX gasket looks to be rubber/silicon
 
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Perhaps it is quicker and easier to have a robot apply the sealer than deal with a gasket that has to be positioned correctly for the bolt holes to line up during assembly
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
Perhaps it is quicker and easier to have a robot apply the sealer than deal with a gasket that has to be positioned correctly for the bolt holes to line up during assembly
If I were a robot, I’d prefer the job positioning a gasket than apply the silicon sealant, as the former is a lot easiler ⋯ :whistle:
 
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I'd like to see how much sludge is in the pan the 2nd time somebody drops their pan. Is there any reason to think that the precipitated sludge doesn't just stay put. Likewise, is more stuff accumulating in the filter, or is the original stuff just stuck on the safe side?
 

yrwei52

2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
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Plano, Texas, USA
I'd like to see how much sludge is in the pan the 2nd time somebody drops their pan. Is there any reason to think that the precipitated sludge doesn't just stay put. Likewise, is more stuff accumulating in the filter, or is the original stuff just stuck on the safe side?
I believe most of time the crud and sludge should stick on the magnetic and pan until there’re too much. Here is Digbicks1234’s observation on crud and metal shavings with plenty of pictures when he dropped the ATF pan of his 2016.5 CX-5 at 64.4K miles:

2016.5 CX-5 Transmission fluid change questions


“My observations:
  1. The magnet was extremely dirty with so much crud and metal shavings on there, that I actually think I should've dropped the pan sooner. Honestly, this really depends on how you drive but I did drive pretty aggressively in the beginning and then moderately-aggressive afterwards. The car has 64.4k miles so far.
  2. I cut open the filter and I did see some metal shavings inside the filter. Don't know if this is a good thing or not but I'm still waiting for my oil analysis to be processed. I'm not sure if I'll use Wix again for an oil analysis, seems like their customer service isn't so great but for $10-11, can't really ask for much.”
Magnet (Gunk):
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Magnet (Clean):
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Filter Cut Open with metal shavings:
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“Yes, the magnet has a ton of shavings. Pretty much the whole thing was caked with it. There was quite a bit of ATF, maybe around 0.5 - 0.8 quarts. The amount of residue would depend but in my case, there was quite a bit of residue that I had to clean up with a number of paper towels:”
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2014 CX-5 Touring
Just did second of 3 ATF drain and refills. First I ran the engine to get the ATF temp to 122 deg. Checked the level and it was a bit under the mark on the dipstick. Drained just over 3 1/2 quarts, probably 3.6 to 3.65 quarts. Then I filled with 3.75 quarts of fresh ATF FZ this time. I left 8 ounces of fluid in the 4th bottle. Ran the engine again to get the temp to 122, checked it, and the fluid appeared to be squarely on the mark.

Last drain and refill in 2 weeks, just in time for a road trip on Feb 11th.
 
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2016.5 CX-5 GT AWD titanium/black 2016 Miata Club ST MT white
I believe most of time the crud and sludge should stick on the magnetic and pan until there’re too much. Here is Digbicks1234’s observation on crud and metal shavings with plenty of pictures when he dropped the ATF pan of his 2016.5 CX-5 at 64.4 miles:

2016.5 CX-5 Transmission fluid change questions


“My observations:
  1. The magnet was extremely dirty with so much crud and metal shavings on there, that I actually think I should've dropped the pan sooner. Honestly, this really depends on how you drive but I did drive pretty aggressively in the beginning and then moderately-aggressive afterwards. The car has 64.4k miles so far.
  2. I cut open the filter and I did see some metal shavings inside the filter. Don't know if this is a good thing or not but I'm still waiting for my oil analysis to be processed. I'm not sure if I'll use Wix again for an oil analysis, seems like their customer service isn't so great but for $10-11, can't really ask for much.”
Magnet (Gunk):
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Magnet (Clean):
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Filter Cut Open with metal shavings:
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“Yes, the magnet has a ton of shavings. Pretty much the whole thing was caked with it. There was quite a bit of ATF, maybe around 0.5 - 0.8 quarts. The amount of residue would depend but in my case, there was quite a bit of residue that I had to clean up with a number of paper towels:”
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Did you mean 64.4k miles and not 64.4 miles?
 
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