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    Morning all,

    My Auto Veccy C has been jerking a bit during some gear changes recently so I thought I had best get the gearbox oil changed etc.

    I've had a price from a local garage of £45 + VAT to change it as long as it isn't special oil it needs. Does anyone know if it is standard gearbox oil in these things or something special? Also does £45 sound about right?

    Thanks,

    Jim

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    The AF 40 box on the cdti uses Vauxhall automatic transmission fluid (93 165 147) or its equivilant from another maker.

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    I'm taking the Super Vec up to Birmingham this weekend and whilst its there my missus uncle is going to fit a replacement fog light etc. Ive asked him to change the ATF as well but he said they are filled for life and he's only ever heard of 2 being changed. He works at a main dealer and usually knows his stuff. Is the 40k recommended change fact or fiction? He also said it would be atleast £150 as theres no drain hole and you need to take the sump off etc. Any opinions?

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    Check this discussion:
    http://www.saabcentral.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=171213
    as the box seems to be the same as ours.

    Oil must must conform to AW-1 specifications.

    I'm not sure about how difficult/different is to change the ATF compared to other models as this is my first automatic and I never paid much attention to this in my previous cars' workshop manuals.
    I do remember that in a CitroŽn Xantia, though, not all the transmission fluid was changed in an "ATF change" (as it done in a manual box), but part of it (less than a half): it seems the same as the procedure described in the Saab forum.

    So if you add the price of just 3 litres + estimated labour costs... 150 pounds sounds like a 2 hours job, 45 pounds like a job done in 15 min.

    Regarding the periodicity of the changes, for MY2006 onwards, Opel (in Spain) says you should change your AT oil every 48000 miles/80000 km or every 6 years (engines Z28NEL, Z28NET, Z30DT, Z19DT, Z19DTH). Every 4 years or 60000 km for other engines.

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    ^That seems about the same as vauxhall uk.
    For auto transmission: -
    "Haynes" recommend changing it every 4 years or 40k miles. I'd imagine this is the same or similar to Vauxhall uk's service schedule.
    I'd have to agree with that Saab poster - "let the dealer do this!". Not worth saving a few quid by going elsewhere, for peace of mind make sure this is done right.

    For manual transmission, it's not part of the service schedule & you never need to change it. Best left alone unless there's a problem.
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