It does its job.
February 25, 2013
I made the mistake of taking the pan off and getting distracted. I ended up leaving it off all night in the garage to come back to a lot more trani fluid in the pan than when I left, so I had no clue about how much fluid I lost. It was a lot. Long story short, I put the pan on, panicked when my car went into Limp Home Mode, and had to gauge the fluid level by the dipstick. Don't make my mistake. If you're going to start this, then finish it immediately.
Here's some tips/warnings to learn from my mistakes:
-As mentioned earlier, finish the job when you start it so you'll only lose a few quarts.
-Be sure your filter is in the hole snugly before putting the pan on. The pan comes with nubs to hold it in place, but they're worthless.
-When tightening the pan, don't use gorilla strength. The bolts recess because it's aluminum. It doesn't take a lot of arm grease.
-Make sure your gasket is clean, especially if you're not fortunate enough to have a lift. It's amazing how dirty it can get when the car is on blocks and you're crawling around with it.
-Get someone with tiny hands to install the dipstick, otherwise your hands will look like Freddy Krueger's.
-Don't be alarmed if the dipstick level is only showing halfway. When the car heats up and the fluid expands, the dipstick level will be full.
I gave this product 4/5 stars because the install was a lot harder than it needed to be (even without my mistakes), especially when installing the dipstick around the passenger cat. It also significantly lowers the car's ground clearance. I have to go much slower over speed bumps and holes in the road now. If you plan on lowering your car, then I wouldn't recommend this product.
Overall, this product seems to do its job. My transmission runs cooler now and will last longer. The price is fair too.