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1998 Sambar KV4 3AT automatic transmission fluid volume?

Discussion in 'Subaru Sambar' started by tcz, Feb 24, 2024.

  1. tcz

    tcz New Member Supporting Member

    I’ve got a 1998 Sambar KV4 Dias classic van with the 3AT automatic transmission. The Japanese user manual I have lists the ATF capacity for this 4WD model as 4.2L, but when I drained it today, I only got about 2L out, and put about 2L of ATF back in before it was back to full.

    I haven’t found much info out there on these mid-1997+ 3ATs, does anyone have a good source for technical info/service manual that might illuminate the details for me? I’d love to know about bolt torque specs and things like that as well the James Danko manual is not much help as that’s largely about the carburated and supercharged 5MT models, and the earlier automatic Sambars were all ECVT not 3AT.

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  2. rkrenicki

    rkrenicki Active Member

    This is typical for any AT vehicle. In this case, 4.2l is for a completely dry system. If you are only pulling the sump plug, then 40-50% sounds about right, as the rest would be stuck in the torque converter, AT oil cooler, and the galleys inside of the transmission itself.

    What I normally do is the drain and fill, drive the vehicle around the block to mix up the fluid, and do a second drain and fill. That ends up changing "about" 75% of the old fluid in the process.
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  3. tcz

    tcz New Member Supporting Member

    Thanks, rkrenicki, that’s super helpful!

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