2016 Mazda CX-5 GT AWD w/Tech Pkg
- Plano, Texas, USA
Yes if I were you under time constraint I may just skip it taking the ATF pan down. But the quantity of ATF you need to take the pan down once and replace the filter cartridge should be about the same as you do only the drain-and-fill. 12 quarts for 1 drop-the-pan and 2 drain-and-fills should be enough as each drain-and-fill needs about 3.7 quarts ATF, and 1 drop-the-pan should take less than 4 quarts.man I don't know. Seeing how finicky that pan is with getting the sealant just right, I really feel like I don't want to mess with it. Plus, FOURTEEN quarts of fluid??? I only bought 12 with the intent of draining and refilling 3 times.
And the trick of sticking dowel rods in the bolt holes actually has boosted my confidence to drop the ATF pan and apply the silicon sealant.