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    Quote Originally Posted by 1LoudST View Post
    For the love of God, never ever work on a car lifted up with just a jack. If your using a jack, use jack stands!

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    But then how do you drain out all the old tranny fluid? it will be not leveled with the jack stand. Front end will be higher if jack stands are used in front.

    Other than lower the floor jack so front left side of the car is level with all 3 other tires (no jack stand is used) what else do you guys do to drain out all the tranny fluid.

    (For tranny fluid no need to drive it around to let it warm up so easier to drain?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by okaythen View Post
    But then how do you drain out all the old tranny fluid? it will be not leveled with the jack stand. Front end will be higher if jack stands are used in front.

    Other than lower the floor jack so front left side of the car is level with all 3 other tires (no jack stand is used) what else do you guys do to drain out all the tranny fluid.

    (For tranny fluid no need to drive it around to let it warm up so easier to drain?)
    It drains out while the car is lifted. You need the car level to fill it. It sounds weird, but if you look at the actual shape of the transmission, it becomes clear. I am way too familiar at this task, having done it 6 or 7 times at this point.

    I use the one tire off, one jack method. Ball end hex keys in 3/8" drive, and extensions to do it safely outside the wheel well of sorts. You can jack it up, throw a stand in there for the plug wrenching session, then set up your pump line into the fill hole, then remove jackstand and lower car, I suggest piece of plywood under the rotor just in case you lower too fast. Fill, and frantically try to install the plug. Lmao

    I'm going to fill from the top next time. Just seems way easier. Measure out fluid, dump it all in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike412 View Post
    So our transmissions have a second filler hole on top by the shift arm. I found this out from watching the video below. I'm going to use that hole to fill it because I park on a slight incline, so I was going to face the car uphill on ramps. Won't be exactly level but should be close enough, and I will measure the fluid that drains to make sure 1.8qt comes out. This maybe helpful for others.
    What was your experience using the top/factory fill plug as shown in the video? Any recommendation or tips would be helpful.

    I just purchased 2 quarts of the Motorcraft/OEM oil for $23 shipped to California (steal?) from this ebay seller:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-QTS-XT11-...72.m2749.l2649

    Did want to try the Motul since there's good feedback here for it but it was double the price of the Motorcraft circa $44 so passed on it. Next time I guess, I am at 50k miles and never done a flush so expecting some darkness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by intel View Post
    What was your experience using the top/factory fill plug as shown in the video? Any recommendation or tips would be helpful.

    I just purchased 2 quarts of the Motorcraft/OEM oil for $23 shipped to California (steal?) from this ebay seller:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-QTS-XT11-...72.m2749.l2649

    Did want to try the Motul since there's good feedback here for it but it was double the price of the Motorcraft circa $44 so passed on it. Next time I guess, I am at 50k miles and never done a flush so expecting some darkness.
    The only problem I had with using the top fill plug was getting the plug loose. If I remember correctly it uses the same size Allen wrench/hex key for the drain plug. All I had was an Allen wrench so what I did was put the longer side on the bolt and used a pair of pliers to grip on the shorter side and got the plug off because its located too deep in to fit the shorter side. I recommend using a hex bit with ratchet and extension. Also I used this funnel which was a perfect fit for fitting inside the fill plug hole. https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...704/89011616-P
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    Anyone have a part number for the drain plug? I stripped mine out with the ball end allen socket...I think I can get it out with a pair of visegrips but want a fresh one to put in.

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    Just changed my transmission fluid to Motul DCTF at 47,000 miles after feeling weird shifts between 2-3 and 3-4 like I was hitting something and then it was going into gear. I put slightly over 1.8 quarts in but as I went to put the fill plug back in fluid started coming out of the fill hole in a small but steady stream. I immediately plugged it up and after measuring how much was in the drain pan it looks like I might have lost about half a quart, putting me at 1.3qrts in there right now. Planning on getting another quart and topping it off, I'm guessing I just had the nose of the car slightly too far down and gravity was pulling the fluid out? Does anyone know if there could be another reason for this happening that I'm just not aware of? Shifts do feel better and I'm not getting the strange feeling on my 3rd or 4th gear shifts anymore. Thanks to everyone for contributing to this thread!


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