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Old 06-09-2005, 10:40 PM   #1
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Quarts of fluid in a 700R4 empty?

Does anyone know how many quarts of fluid goes into a 700R4 with a new torque converter? The thing is bone dry along with the new converter. It has a stock pan. It has an extra cooler but that is easy to figure out. The reason I ask is because my manual does not say and the new Flexible dipstick I bought isn't really easy to read. Not to mention that my house is on the side of a hill with no level place around really. I was guessing around 10 qts.
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Old 06-09-2005, 11:19 PM   #2
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put at least one or two quarts in the convertor first before putting on

when changing the filter, that takes about 4 quarts itself, the t-cooler is about 1/4 to 1/2 quart depending

so i'd say at least 8 minimum but you need to get it warmed up and on a level place for proper level, becare not to overfill.

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now is a great time to install a drain plug

makes changing fluid easy
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Old 06-09-2005, 11:22 PM   #3
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Thanks, I put a quart of fluid in the converter and I bought a drain plug too. Do you know if over filling it is better than underfilling or vice versa? I have had a tranny before with low fluid and it just didn't shift but what will overfilling do?
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It actually holds just about 11 quarts.

Do like Don said, and put a couple of quarts in the converter before you put it on; then after it's all in and ready to start up, put about 5 more quarts into the pan; then add more up to a total of 10 quarts, as fast as you can, while it's idling after you start it up; then top it off after you drive it a mile or 2 and get it up tp temp.
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Old 06-10-2005, 11:24 AM   #5
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Thanks fellas, I have already put in a quart in the converter. It is in place now. All I have left to do is put in the driveshaft and hook up my flexible tranny lines and put in the fluid. I ended up buying tranny fluid in gallon containers this time instead of quarts. No big deal though just going to be harder to pour is all. Thanks again.
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11 qts and sometimes more. I usually have 14 qts on hand for a fresh trans.
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