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    Tranny Fluid change For Noobs

    Things you will need.
    8mm Allen Key. I made mine a stubby to get between the frame easier

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    2qts tranny fluid

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    Funnel with at least a 18" long tube 3/8 wide

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    a jack and a way to get tire off

    1. jack car and remove drivers side tire

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    2. locate lower drain plug on tranny.

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    3. loosen that plug with 8mm allen and drain fluid. Loosen fill plug also just dont remove

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    4. after fluid has slowed to a trickle locate upper fill plug and remove. After you do so lower the jack to make the car sit level

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    5. after fluid has stopped draining install the lower drain plug.

    6. Take funnel and feed it from the wheel well and insert tube into tranny fill hole.

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    7. at this point your ready to fill. it is very important that the car is level or the tranny will not take both qts. it will start to spill from the fill hole before the right amount is in there. take your oil and start to fill slowly.

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    8. after you have close to 2qts in the tranny it'll start to spill from the fill hole. at that point remove the funnel and install the fill plug.

    Thats it.tighten both plugs and put your tire back on and live happy knowing Ford didnt put the wrong sh!t in. Also the recommended interval for the tranny is BS. It should be done at least every 30k at the longest
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    This is a great writeup. One thing I would recommend doing a little differently, and it's a general good practice. Remove the top fill plug before you remove the bottom drain plug.

    This avoids a situation where you drained the oil first and stripped out the fill plug or broke the tool and are left with no way to fill the trans back up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n0m4d View Post
    This is a great writeup. One thing I would recommend doing a little differently, and it's a general good practice. Remove the top fill plug before you remove the bottom drain plug.

    This avoids a situation where you drained the oil first and stripped out the fill plug or broke the tool and are left with no way to fill the trans back up.
    The reason i leave the fill plug in is because if you pull it first and open the bottom plug the fluid gets all over the place. In other words it keeps it from draining really fast and getting all over the frame. But yes you are right however if you strip either one your screwed anyhow
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIstomper View Post
    The reason i leave the fill plug in is because if you pull it first and open the bottom plug the fluid gets all over the place. In other words it keeps it from draining really fast and getting all over the frame. But yes you are right however if you strip either one your screwed anyhow
    Maybe crack it loose then, you are far less screwed with a stripped fill plug and a trans full of oil than you are if you have a stripped fill plug and a trans with no oil. Like I said, really good write up. I just wanted to add a tip that applies to any transmission or differential that has two plugs. Make sure you can fill it before you drain it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by n0m4d View Post
    Maybe crack it loose then, you are far less screwed with a stripped fill plug and a trans full of oil than you are if you have a stripped fill plug and a trans with no oil. Like I said, really good write up. I just wanted to add a tip that applies to any transmission or differential that has two plugs. Make sure you can fill it before you drain it.
    Very true and that is a very good point. I change my plugs every other time I do the tranny to keep from running into that problem. I wish they were a bolt instead of a allen key. Maybe I'll try and source some bolts for it

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    Good write up. Definitely the easiest way to fill up the trains with stuff laying around the house if you don't have a pump. Same way I did it.

    Also if you don't want to shorten an Allen wrench you can do like I did and use an 8mm Allen socket and an 8mm box end wrench, works great especially if it's really tight. You can get some good leverage.
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    Thanks for the write up!

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