I'm about to change the transmission fluid on my wife's 2007 CX-9 (front wheel drive only). This is part of my regular maintenance on the car. I have a few questions:
1. Will removing the one 10mm allen head drain plug from the bottom of the tranny case drop the fluid from both the transmission and the front differential? (I understand some fluid will be left in the torque converter, just wondering if there is another plug for draining the differential.)
2. The Mazda parts book shows the transmission drain plug, a tubular piece of metal (a magnet??), and two o-rings...all of which will seeming wind up in my oily hand, when I remove the drain plug. Can someone shed a little light on the interworking of these various pieces (what the tubular piece of metal does, where the o-rings fit, etc.? I usually like to know what I'm dealing with BEFORE taking something apart!
3. I'll be refilling with a 3309 transmission fluid, of course. I see Valvoline now sells an IMPORT automatic transmission fluid, specifically for cars the 3309 fluid (Mazda, Volvo, Toyota, Lexus, etc.). Has anyone used this Valvoline IMPORT transmission fluid on their Mazda CX-9? I don't think it has been out that long.
Thanks in advance for any help, Gang. Regards, John in Wisconsin