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Old 12-15-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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Transmission Issues

I'm having issues with my automatic tranny not catching, its getting the power from the motor but it lags and feels like its starting in second, but its in first. So I got told to drop the granny pan and get new filter and gasket with tranny fluid. If I do that, should I mess with the torque-converter or leave it alone?
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How many miles does your stang have on it?
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:51 PM   #3
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Re: Transmission Issues

leave the converter alone for now...just do a service change...you can pick up a filter kit at any autoparts store for around $15 for the most part....it includes the new gasket as well...change the fluid and see how that does....and after you drain it take a good magnet over the old fluid and look for metal shavings...if you find a good amount you have probly sheared something, and will need to get it fixed
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Changing our transmission fluid is not that simple since we don't have a dipstick I don't know how to refill it with new fluid any suggestions?
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Old 12-27-2011, 10:15 PM   #5
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Re: Transmission Issues

The drain plug is a two piece plug, you undo the entire plug to drain the fluid. Then you need the tool:

Amazon.com: OTC 6604 Transmission Fluid Fill Adapter: Automotive

this goes in the center of the drain plug (there is a hex key headed insert) and you have to pump the fluid UP into the transmission. Once it starts to drain back, put the center insert back in and start the car - run it through the gears and get the transmission up to temp.

Then - leave the car running, in gear, and put your OTC tool back in and pump more fluid up until it starts to drain back again.

It can be done on jack stands, but it isn't easy and not something you really want to do with a car running over top of you while you are trying to move around on your back with limited space. So if you don't have a lift available you are better off biting the bullet and having it done at the dealership (most transmission shops and oil change places can't do the sealed Ford 5R55 transmission).
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Old 12-28-2011, 01:36 AM   #6
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Wow thanks man very informative. Well I guess Fords the way for me!
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