IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to be completely familiar with the warnings and cautions described in this handbook. It is, however, important to understand that these warnings and cautions are not exhaustive. Allison Transmission could not possibly know, evaluate, and advise the service trade of all conceivable ways in which service might be done or of the possible hazardous consequences of each way. Consequently, Allison Transmission has not undertaken any such broad evaluation. Accordingly, ANYONE WHO USES A SERVICE PROCEDURE OR TOOL WHICH IS NOT RECOMMENDED BY ALLISON TRANSMISSION MUST first be thoroughly satisfied that neither personal safety nor equipment safety will be jeopardized by the service methods selected.
Proper service and repair is important to the safe, reliable operation of the equipment. The service procedures recommended by Allison Transmission and described in this handbook are effective methods for performing service operations. Some of these service operations require the use of tools specially designed for the purpose. The special tools should be used when and as recommended.
Three types of headings are used in this manual to attract your attention. These warnings and cautions advise of specific methods or actions that can result in personal injury, damage to the equipment, or cause the equipment to become unsafe.
Managing the Vehicle Damage Repair Process
In the event that your vehicle requires damage repairs, GM recommends that you take an active role in its repair. If you have a pre-determined repair facility of choice, take your vehicle there, or have it towed there. Specify to the facility that any required replacement collision parts be original equipment parts, either new Genuine GM parts or recycled original GM parts. Remember, recycled parts will not be covered by your GM vehicle warranty.
Insurance pays the bill for the repair, but you must live with the repair. Depending on your policy limits, your insurance company may initially value the repair using aftermarket parts. Discuss this with your repair professional, and insist on Genuine GM parts. Remember if your vehicle is leased you may be obligated to have the vehicle repaired with Genuine GM parts, even if your insurance coverage does not pay the full cost.
If another party’s insurance company is paying for the repairs, you are not obligated to accept a repair valuation based on that insurance company’s collision policy repair limits, as you have no contractual limits with that company. In such cases, you can have control of the repair and parts choices as long as cost stays within reasonable limits.
This handbook is a ready reference for the mechanic removing, installing, or maintaining AT Series Automatic Transmissions. All features of both the vehicle and transmission that become involved in the installation procedures are discussed. The information presented will help the mechanic to remove, install, and maintain the transmission in a manner that assures satisfactory operation and long service life.
PERIODIC INSPECTION AND CARE
Clean and inspect the exterior of the transmission at regular intervals. The severity of service and operating conditions will determine the frequency of such inspections. Inspect the transmission for the following items:
Check transmission fluid regularly. Once consistent daily hot level checks have been established, and daily inspection shows no sign of transmission leakage, less frequent checks can be made.