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Step 4: Once the oil is drained (You'll never get every drip out, so don't sweat it.)
Close it up, dab your finger in the Transmission Fluid and rub it around the rubber gasket on the filter, and put it back on the transmission (The bit of fluid on the rubber helps to make a seal) It's an identical process to changing the engine oil.
I've also heard of people filling the oil filter, which I would agree with, except the oil filter is sideways and all it ever accomplishes with me is making a big mess. The oil will make its way into the filter. Some of the other years cars have their filter mounted in the fender vertical. This wouldn't be nearly a mess.
Its very important that you don't start the car during this time. Right now the transmission should have a little over half the recommended amount of fluid, so if you've got the car on ramps, wait a minute until you've got some fluid back in.
Also, I said that right, this method only drains about half of the fluid total out of the transmission. The rest stays in the torque converter, but doing this same method two or three times over the period of a few days (or a few hours if you're in a driving mood) should get most of the old fluid out.
Anyways, Open the hood now and look at the washer fluid reservoir. (its easy to spot)
A little bit above it is the fuel filter, and a little inwards and way down underneath some lines is the Transmission Dipstick. Its very hard to find if you don't know what you're looking for, so here is a picture. Its the out of focus yellow circle in the background. See what I mean when I said hard to spot?