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Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit

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Provides OE-quality filtration. Driveworks gaskets are designed to keep your pan gasket in place during installation. Includes trilingual instructions.
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Bolt Hole Quantity In Pan:14
Gasket Material:Rubber

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DriveworksAutomatic Transmission Filter Kit
 
3.6

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Durable (4)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Flimsy (3)

Best Uses

  • Small cars (9)
  • Trucks (5)
  • Large cars (3)
    • Car & Truck:
    • Casual driver (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Auto enthusiast (9), Casual driver (6), Mechanic (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works well, when you get a good filter

I bought this kit while also buying a replacement tranny pan (the replacement had a drain plug and the oem did not). Cracking the seal on an RTV'd pan can be difficult and...Read complete review

I bought this kit while also buying a replacement tranny pan (the replacement had a drain plug and the oem did not). Cracking the seal on an RTV'd pan can be difficult and messy, but the frustration came after realizing the filter I bought was defective (the mating surface that holds the o-ring was too thick, and the hole was off center). This discovery was after I drained the fluid.

I called my local Advance Auto, and they brought a new one to my house and exchanged it on the spot (on a Sunday). The new one fit no problem, clicked right into place (just make sure the O-ring is lubed with ATF before putting the filter on, and make sure it seats fully).

As far as the included gasket not seating, I have a feeling other reviewers either didn't tighten in the right pattern, didn't use a torque wrench, tightened it up excessivly (the service manual torque specs are for using RTV, not a rubber gasket), or all three.

My factory service manual (04 stratus se) says to tighten in a criss-cross pattern. I start at finger tight, finally torquing to 144 inch/lbs with the aforementioned pattern. The FSM says 164 inch/lbs, but again its too much for a rubber gasket (the box for the kit says 144 in/lbs or under). Also make sure the mating surfaces are free of RTV (if you're dropping the oem pan for the first time). Also, it helps to screw (not force!) the bolts into the gasket before installation to make sure you don't pinch it while installing the pan. This also ensures you don't loose any bolts and that the gasket is properly aligned without the use any other grease/sealant. Also be sure to clean all of the bolts of their RTV before re-installation (brake-clean works well).

I installed it as written above, and no problems yet (its been 4-5 days). With rubber gaskets, more torque doesn't usually mean a better seal. Good luck!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Trans Pan Filter & Gasket

I was doing maintenance on my transmission and replaced the transmission filter and gasket. It's a messy job to begin with, but the fact that the filter went in hard made it worse....Read complete review

I was doing maintenance on my transmission and replaced the transmission filter and gasket. It's a messy job to begin with, but the fact that the filter went in hard made it worse. The gasket was easy to install and there were no leaks.

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5.0

Good Replacement

By Wes the Chemist

from Denver, CO

About Me Casual Driver

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

      (2005 PT Cruiser 2.4L Touring Ed) Routine fluid and filter change. This was a good product for the price and does the job. Be sure the filter fully clips into the base to prevent trans damage. Comes with a gasket, but I used RTV gasket maker for extra security.

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      5.0

      Very convenient to buy online with Advan

      By Raj

      from Davenport Florida

      About Me Auto Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer
      Level 1

      Pros

      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Trucks

        Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

        I always use Advance auto parts.

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        4.0

        PERFECT FIT

        By Cougrrrman

        from Nashville, TN.

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        Level 3

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy

        Best Uses

        • Small Cars

        Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

        This transmission filter kit uses a very good quality gasket and O-ring for the filter but the filter itself has a plastic housing and therefore is less durable than a metal housing. If the filter was made of metal then this kit would be excellent.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Poor Quality Gasket

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              Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

              The filter snapped into place and was fine, but the gasket leaked when filled with trans fluid.when I checked to see why, it had split in one of the corners just from snugging the pan down. I dropped the pan again and decided to use Permatex blue RTV instead. It held the seal and did not leak. I like Advance because of their great service, but this product was a waste of time.

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              4.0

              Good fit, improved trans shifting.

              By LG

              from Near SW Chicago suburb.

              About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver, Truck Enthusiast

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              3 or more reviews submitted

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Fit

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Trucks

                Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

                Installed the transmission filters on a 1996 (3.3L, 200k miles) and a 2000 (3.8L, 120k miles) Dodge Grand Caravans. Once the pans were removed, the filters were both a good fit. Eliminated the lag in transmission down shifting and improved acceleration shift intervals. Generall the transmission operated mor smothly. The gasket is a thin rubber gasket. The OEM gasket was a two side metalized rubber gasket. you must excersize care that the pan is clean, not warped or dimpled at the bolt holes, and when setting/snugging and torquing down on the gasket/cover you do not extrude the rubber and end up with leaks.

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                1.0

                Caused follow up visit to mechanic

                By Rickiedean64

                from Columbus, Ohio

                About Me Casual Driver

                Verified Buyer
                Level 1

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Filter Had Material Debri
                  • Manufacturing Defects
                  • Poor quality gasket

                  Best Uses

                  • Left At Store

                  Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

                  Because debri came loose from the filter (The pressing of the parts in the the manufacturing process was not aligned and caused bits of the filter material to break loose and get in the fluid stream), it caused high pressure that blew out the gasket and caused major leak, good thing I wasn't on a trip.

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                  (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Works well, when you get a good filter

                  By Pete

                  from Long Island, NY

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast, Casual Driver

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Cars

                    Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

                    I bought this kit while also buying a replacement tranny pan (the replacement had a drain plug and the oem did not). Cracking the seal on an RTV'd pan can be difficult and messy, but the frustration came after realizing the filter I bought was defective (the mating surface that holds the o-ring was too thick, and the hole was off center). This discovery was after I drained the fluid.

                    I called my local Advance Auto, and they brought a new one to my house and exchanged it on the spot (on a Sunday). The new one fit no problem, clicked right into place (just make sure the O-ring is lubed with ATF before putting the filter on, and make sure it seats fully).

                    As far as the included gasket not seating, I have a feeling other reviewers either didn't tighten in the right pattern, didn't use a torque wrench, tightened it up excessivly (the service manual torque specs are for using RTV, not a rubber gasket), or all three.

                    My factory service manual (04 stratus se) says to tighten in a criss-cross pattern. I start at finger tight, finally torquing to 144 inch/lbs with the aforementioned pattern. The FSM says 164 inch/lbs, but again its too much for a rubber gasket (the box for the kit says 144 in/lbs or under). Also make sure the mating surfaces are free of RTV (if you're dropping the oem pan for the first time). Also, it helps to screw (not force!) the bolts into the gasket before installation to make sure you don't pinch it while installing the pan. This also ensures you don't loose any bolts and that the gasket is properly aligned without the use any other grease/sealant. Also be sure to clean all of the bolts of their RTV before re-installation (brake-clean works well).

                    I installed it as written above, and no problems yet (its been 4-5 days). With rubber gaskets, more torque doesn't usually mean a better seal. Good luck!

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                    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Filter Good, Seal Leaks

                    By GJ

                    from Olathe, KS

                    About Me Auto Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                    • Flimsy

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

                      Like one of the other reviewers, I could not get the seal to stop leaking. I checked the flatness of the pan with a straight edge and found that the pan has fairly large voids between each of the bolt holes. The gasket is not thick or pliable enough to vill the voids. I ended up using rtv to form a gasket. RTV is used by the OEM, and is listed as an alternative in the instructions that come with the filter kit. By the way I bought two of these kits trying to get a gasket that worked, neither did. You are better off buying just the filter, and saving a couple of dollars on the gasket.

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                      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Would'nt fit

                      By Chuck

                      from Raleigh

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                      Verified Buyer
                      Helpful Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Incompatible

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

                          filter would not fit Grand Caravan 3.8l. Took it back to store and Advance team member took care of me by giving me a different brand that fit.

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                          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          transmission filter kit

                          By drdad

                          from ohio

                          About Me Mechanic

                          Verified Buyer
                          Helpful Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Small Cars

                            Comments about Driveworks Automatic Transmission Filter Kit:

                            easy to install

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                            • Q:

                              Trans Fluid Qty: In changing out the filter on a 2002 Chry T&C Minivan (3.8L w/ 4-spd electronic transaxle) w/TrailerTow Pkg, how many qts of trans fluid are needed? And if leaving drain longer (i.e. 8-10 hrs overnight), will the torque converter drain out as well, allowing a more-through fluid changeout? [Sometimes the filter/gasket kit part detail on Advance's site indicates fluid type & qty requirements, but I'm not seeing anything recommended for this filter.] Thanks.
                              Asked on 2/8/2014 by ThisIsWhatWeDo from The Motor City

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                                A:

                                I'm glad to assist you! The fluid capacity for your application is 4 quarts. There will always be fluid on the torque.

                                Answered on 2/11/2014 by Vincent from AAP
                            • Q:

                              Do I need to use any silicone adhersive using this gasket kit?
                              Asked on 10/24/2011 by Wally from Cato, New York

                              1 answer

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                                A:

                                Use few drops of any adhesive and run a bead around the mating surface of the pan going completely around the bolt holes. Carefully lay the gasket on the pan and press it into the adhesive. Lift one corner at a time and let some of the solvent evaporate and stick it back on. When it is on good, turn it over and place it on a flat surface to set.

                                Answered on 10/24/2011 by John the Car-Doc from AAP
                            • Q:

                              How do I know if my transmission is a 3spd, or a 4spd ?
                              Asked on 4/2/2010 by Rod from Jacksonville, FL.

                              6 answers

                              • A:

                                look at your gear shift d321/AND IF U HAVE ELECTRIC OD THAT COUNTS AS ANOTHER SPEED OR GEAR

                                Answered on 6/7/2012 by SPEEDYGONZALES from BARTOW,FL
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                                A:

                                The easiest way to find out is to call your dealer, provide them with your VIN number and they will be able to tell you as long as you or a previous owner hasn't changed out anything.

                                Answered on 4/14/2010 by Mike from AAP
                              • A:

                                For Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth/Jeep products; On the vehicle, under the hood, above the radiator on the supporting crossmember there is a builder's plate with raised metal lettering. On this plate there are three lines of letters and numbers. On the lowest line, the first 3 characters are the transaxle type code. DGB=4 speed automatic transaxle DGL=4 speed electronic automatic transaxle DGM=3 speed automatic transaxle DDR = T850 5-Speed Manual Transaxle I don't have a completre list. If your transaxle code is not one of these, try google or ask your dealer. It also helps to simply note the shape and the number of screws that hold the transmission pan in place. NB: There is no dealer part for the gasket they use a 1/8" bead of black RTV silicone that is specifically AT fluid resistant and has a limited (1 year) shelf life.

                                Answered on 4/23/2010 by polychromeuganda from boston, ma
                              • A:

                                For Chrysler/Dodge/Plymouth/Jeep products; On the vehicle, under the hood, above the radiator on the supporting crossmember there is a builder's plate with raised metal lettering. On this plate there are three lines of letters and numbers. On the lowest line, the first 3 characters are the transaxle type code. DGB=4 speed automatic transaxle DGL=4 speed electronic automatic transaxle DGM=3 speed automatic transaxle DDR = T850 5-Speed Manual Transaxle I don't have a completre list. If your transaxle code is not one of these, try google or ask your dealer. It also helps to simply note the shape and the number of screws that hold the transmission pan in place. NB: There is no dealer part for the gasket they use a 1/8" bead of black RTV silicone that is specifically AT fluid resistant and has a limited (1 year) shelf life.

                                Answered on 4/23/2010 by polychromeuganda from boston, ma
                              • A:

                                Hey bro, you can ask the any dealership, give them the make and model and cylinder of your engine, or any auto store professional...make them come out and look at your engine under your hood, or call any junk yard as well. Sure hope this helps adn hope you can get a quicker answer next time. Take care.

                                Answered on 9/14/2010 by VR from Akron, OH
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                                A:

                                I checked my user guide, also i start driving on a long stretch until i hit 50Mps, i start counting trany shifts, most of the time you will hear 4 shifts, to me this is 4 gear.

                                Answered on 11/2/2010 by John from Atlanta
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