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Old 04-08-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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On the 2011 plus automatics can one drain the automatic transmission fluid themselves or does it have to be done at a dealership? Is there a transmission fluid dip stick?
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I'm going to do this in a couple months. So far i've read, there is no dip stick. You refill until the fluid runs out of the fill hole like we do when we change the rear end lube.

Remember you are only changing maybe half of the fluid, which is good enough for me. Changing the filter is my main concern anyway.
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I'm going to do this in a couple months. So far i've read, there is no dip stick. You refill until the fluid runs out of the fill hole like we do when we change the rear end lube.

Remember you are only changing maybe half of the fluid, which is good enough for me. Changing the filter is my main concern anyway.
I have an automatic does that matter to what your speaking about.
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I have an automatic does that matter to what your speaking about.
I think Dave has an automatic too, so I'm sure its relevant to your question.

What mileage do you have that you want to change the trans fluid?
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I think Dave has an automatic too, so I'm sure its relevant to your question.

What mileage do you have that you want to change the trans fluid?
I have 22k. I will change it around 30k. I want to do it myself if I can
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There is no dipstick. I've looked. I'm about to creep on 70,000 and I need to change all the fluids again besides the oil. It was just done.
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There is no dipstick. I've looked. I'm about to creep on 70,000 and I need to change all the fluids again besides the oil. It was just done.
So, how do I change the automatic transmission fluid myself or does that need to be done by the dealership? If there is no dip stick then how can one fill it up without the special machine the dealership uses
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I have an automatic does that matter to what your speaking about.

I have an automatic too. I only have a little over 18,000 miles but, i overkill everything on my maintenance. I'm just wondering if the filter screen has anything in it
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Read the responses on the other post on this subject that is on the same page (at least today). I'd flush it at 30K (I did mine). Get it to a Ford dealer or a transmission shop. Be sure the pan is dropped and the filter is changed too.
Dropping the pan and changing the filter will not get all the transmission fluid out. It would be like changing only 3 quarts of oil from your engine; leaving dirty fluid behind does not make sense. It needs to be flushed to get it all out. It's expensive;around $140.00 to $170.00 to do a proper flush, but worth the money knowing your automatic will last.

Heat is the number one factor for automatic transmission failure; it breaks down the additives in the oil as well.
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Read the responses on the other post on this subject that is on the same page (at least today). I'd flush it at 30K (I did mine). Get it to a Ford dealer or a transmission shop. Be sure the pan is dropped and the filter is changed too.
Dropping the pan and changing the filter will not get all the transmission fluid out. It would be like changing only 3 quarts of oil from your engine; leaving dirty fluid behind does not make sense. It needs to be flushed to get it all out. It's expensive;around $140.00 to $170.00 to do a proper flush, but worth the money knowing your automatic will last.

Heat is the number one factor for automatic transmission failure; it breaks down the additives in the oil as well.
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You bet. I've been doing flushes on my F150 since I had it new at 30 to 40K intervals. It has 210K on it now, and I've never had a transmission problem.

Some used to argue that a flush can dislodge crud and cause it to lodge in a valve body hole, and cause transmission failure after the flush. If you have 100K on the original fluid, then that might be true with the older type flush devices. If you flush it every 30 to 40K, I would think you'd not have any crud in the system. Plus, the new flush devices used do not "back flush" with high pressure, but rather inject new fluid into the send/return line from the automatic trans to the cooler (either the radiator or external trans cooler).
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You bet. I've been doing flushes on my F150 since I had it new at 30 to 40K intervals. It has 210K on it now, and I've never had a transmission problem.

Some used to argue that a flush can dislodge crud and cause it to lodge in a valve body hole, and cause transmission failure after the flush. If you have 100K on the original fluid, then that might be true with the older type flush devices. If you flush it every 30 to 40K, I would think you'd not have any crud in the system. Plus, the new flush devices used do not "back flush" with high pressure, but rather inject new fluid into the send/return line from the automatic trans to the cooler (either the radiator or external trans cooler).
How vital is this for the MT82 guys? Just curious
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How vital is this for the MT82 guys? Just curious
Not as much, other than getting gear bits out of the case from mis-shifting! Since the manual transmissions do not have clutch plates that are intended to slip (like automatics do), they do not generate as much heat, and do not have to change as often. They also use a much thicker viscosity oil.

Here's a link that explains the two differences:

http://autos.yahoo.com/maintain/repa...ques124_3.html
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So, how do I change the automatic transmission fluid myself or does that need to be done by the dealership? If there is no dip stick then how can one fill it up without the special machine the dealership uses
I didn't know they had a machine? I thought maybe drop the pan and just put some in it and reattach lol
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I didn't know they had a machine? I thought maybe drop the pan and just put some in it and reattach lol
Apparently you can't change the fluid yourself and have to go to the dealership or transmission place for that.
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Apparently you can't change the fluid yourself and have to go to the dealership or transmission place for that.
You can do it yourself but i recommend havin a shop do it. You gotta have a pump to put the oil in and the way you check it is on the drain plug, theres a bolt in the middle of the plug take it out and if nothin comes out its low if it pours out its full, they say to plug it when it starts dripping. But you have to check it with the vehicle at running temperature
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You can do it yourself but i recommend havin a shop do it. You gotta have a pump to put the oil in and the way you check it is on the drain plug, theres a bolt in the middle of the plug take it out and if nothin comes out its low if it pours out its full, they say to plug it when it starts dripping. But you have to check it with the vehicle at running temperature
Lol. I'll let a shop with a new machine do it . LMAO. That way I don't jack up my transmission. Lol

I got a 05 Mazda. Unplug it and drain. Fill back up in dip stick hole. Lol. Nice and easy
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Lol. I'll let a shop with a new machine do it . LMAO. That way I don't jack up my transmission. Lol

I got a 05 Mazda. Unplug it and drain. Fill back up in dip stick hole. Lol. Nice and easy
Haha lol yeah its a pain in the a** we did my brothers once, never again!
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Haha lol yeah its a pain in the a** we did my brothers once, never again!
Amen to that brother. Amen. Let the mechanics do their voodo. Lol
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There might be confusion with manual transmissions and automatic transmissions here. Automatic transmissions require a machine to do a proper flush of the transmission fluid. Yes, you can drop the pan to remove about 4 quarts of fluid, then change the automatic transmission filter. However, this does not get all the automatic transmissions fluid out. Maybe a third of it. A flush device gets it all out and replaced with fresh fluid.

A manual transmission does indeed have a drain plug. Remove the upper fill plug first (they can be the most difficult to remove; don't want to be stuk with draining first if you cannot get the fill plug removed!). Then pump in the new fluid until it's right at the top of the fill plug opening (or about a half inch below the top; check with a repair manual to be sure). Manual transmissions are much easier to do, for sure.
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Anyone using B&M Trick Shift for auto tranny flushes?
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I watched one of those Saturday car shows use the stuff during a taped episode this past weekend. I forgot about that stuff! I used it once in a 1976 Trans-Am I owned, when I installed a shift kit plate to firm up the shifts.

Don't have it in my automatic now though; just kept with the synthetic auto transmission fluid.
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I have an automatic too. I only have a little over 18,000 miles but, i overkill everything on my maintenance. I'm just wondering if the filter screen has anything in it
David, I see that you have BBK headers, how do you like their performance, sound, etc.? I too have a V6 auto and thinking about headers, but worried that with an automatic they would make a long drawn out moan when riding one gear too long. Also what is the sound in the cabin like?

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Glad to see the search works, but you may want to consider grabbing a thread specifically on headers, as this one (old as it is) pertains to changing the automatic transmission fluid.

You may want to start a new thread on this subject, or search on headers to get some better replies.
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Glad to see the search works, but you may want to consider grabbing a thread specifically on headers, as this one (old as it is) pertains to changing the automatic transmission fluid.

You may want to start a new thread on this subject, or search on headers to get some better replies.
Hey Bucko since we're off topic, what happened to the v6 section. Just a few months ago this was a high traffic area.
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David, I see that you have BBK headers, how do you like their performance, sound, etc.? I too have a V6 auto and thinking about headers, but worried that with an automatic they would make a long drawn out moan when riding one gear too long. Also what is the sound in the cabin like?

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The 11-14 v6 section is slowing down because everybody is jumping into ecoboost or gt.
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Do you guys recommend i change my transmission fluid on my "Manual" its got 66000 on it now and never had its trans fluid changed....do i even need to ever..?
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Lol. I'll let a shop with a new machine do it . LMAO. That way I don't jack up my transmission. Lol

I got a 05 Mazda. Unplug it and drain. Fill back up in dip stick hole. Lol. Nice and easy
So did you end up taking it to a shop to have it done? How much did they charge you?
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So did you end up taking it to a shop to have it done? How much did they charge you?
I had my local Ford dealer do mine a year and a half ago. They dropped the pan and changed the filter then did a low pressure flush. I watched them do it. All this just cost $200. To me it was a lot easier to let them do it, than for me to do a couple pan drops in my driveway
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I had my local Ford dealer do mine a year and a half ago. They dropped the pan and changed the filter then did a low pressure flush. I watched them do it. All this just cost $200. To me it was a lot easier to let them do it, than for me to do a couple pan drops in my driveway
You watched them do it? lol I would be the same way I do not trust shops. They could easily just say they did it and not do it and take your money. I am surprised they let you back in the shop some have denied me entry before due to liability claims
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You watched them do it? lol I would be the same way I do not trust shops. They could easily just say they did it and not do it and take your money. I am surprised they let you back in the shop some have denied me entry before due to liability claims
I watched through a window and at the service desk. They let me go back to look at the old filter and the pan before they cleaned up everything for the new filter. There was some black looking stuff in the pan and on the magnet. Not a lot, just glad to get that crap out of my transmission. My wife and I have a good relationship with the service manager and he helps us out on my Mustang and our (wife's) 2014 Edge Limited.
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