How to change the transmission filter

Tiny
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  • 2002 HYUNDAI SANTA FE
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 123,500 MILES
How do I change the transmission filter? I do not have a spin on filter.
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 AT 2:53 AM

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Tiny
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DESCRIPTION:

Hyundai has deleted the external oil filter (P/N 46322-39000) on all Elantra, Sonata, Santa Fe and XG300 transaxies effective with the production dates listed below. These transaxies are equipped with an internal oil filter that needs to be changed only during transaxle overhaul.

On a normal transmission you have to drop the pan to access the filter. When you look at a new filter, you will see that it sits inside the pan, and it will likely come with a new pan gasket. Some of these cars do not have a filter you might have one of them.

REPLACEMENT
If you have a fluid changer, use this changer to replace the fluid. If you do not have a fluid changer, replace the fluid using following procedure.
1. Remove the drain plug from the bottom of the transaxle case to drain the fluid.
2. Install the drain plug and gasket, and tighten to the specified torque.
Tightening torque: 32 Nm (320 kg-cm, 23 ft. lbs.)
3. Pour the new fluid in through the oil filler tube.

CAUTION: Stop pouring if the full volume of fluid cannot be poured in.

4. Repeat the procedure in step 1 if too much fluid was added.
5. Firmly replace the oil level gauge.
6. Start the engine and run it at idle for 1 - 2 minutes.
7. Move the select lever through all positions, and then move it to the N position.
8. Drive the vehicle until the fluid temperature rises to the normal temperature (70 - 80 C), and then check the fluid level again. The fluid level must be at the HOT Mark.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-service-an-automatic-transmission

Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 AT 3:41 AM
Tiny
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I took a picture of the transmission pan. There is no filter only the control solenoids here is a picture of it. Can you help me? I have change other transmission filters they are like you said, but not on this car.
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 AT 9:30 PM
Tiny
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I do not see a filter. I looked the filter up on rockauto. Com, and they list four different filters. Only one of them is a spin-on filter. The other three are internal and are all very different.

I am going to try to get another expert involved who should be able to help solve the mystery for you.
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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 AT 9:50 PM
Tiny
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Please read the bulletin below and what I posted let me know what the production date of your Santa Fe is and we will go from there.

OIL FILTER REPLACEMENT:
2001 Hyundai Truck Santa Fe V6-2.7L DOHC MFI
Fluid Filter - A/T: Technical Service Bulletins A/T - External Filter Deletion
Group: TRANSAXLE Number: 01-40-007
Date: APRIL, 2001
Model: 2001 ELANTRA, SONATA, SANTA FE & XG300
Subject:
2001 ELANTRA, SONATA, SANTA FE AND XG300 AUTOMATIC TRANSAXLE EXTERNAL OIL FILTER DELETED

DESCRIPTION:
Hyundai has deleted the external oil filter (P/N 46322-39000) on all Elantra, Sonata, Santa Fe and XG300 transaxies effective with the production dates listed below. These transaxies are equipped with an internal oil filter that needs to be changed only during transaxle overhaul.
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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 AT 3:52 PM
Tiny
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Want to change transmission filter on my 2003 santa fe. I was told at the auto parts store it requires a spin on type filter. I bought the filter and I can't find where it is located on the vehicle. Can you help?
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Monday, January 21st, 2019 AT 3:34 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Hi:
In 2002, they stopped using the external filter. However, based on when your vehicle was built, it may still have one. If you look next to the trans dipstick tube, on top of the trans case you will see the filter or you will see just a spot where the filter use to go before they eliminated it. If the trans does not have the external filter ontop then there is no service to the filter to be done. The only recommendation is to take the vehicle into a shop to have the fluid flushed. By the way, make sure you use the correct Hyundai SP-III trans fluid (not dexron/mercon). This fluid is specific to the Hyundai and can not be purchased from auto parts stores, only the dealership. Failure to use SP-III will cause premature wear to the internal bands and clutches.

Let me know if this helps.
Joe
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