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Old 06-27-2014, 12:36 PM   #1
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Automatic transmission service

How often, if at all, do you guys with autos service your transmission. Have heard conflicting reports of what's best. Your thought.

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The transmission is "sealed for life" as it says in my tech manual. I personally would probably change the fluid and filter at 100k miles. You can change it more often if it makes you feel better.

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I changed mine over to Amsoil when I installed my torque converter. But unless you're changing the converter I wouldn't worry about it. The dipstick is difficult to work with/check as far as the level is concerned.
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I noticed I dont recall seeing a trans dipstick under my hood. How do you check the level or add fluid in these cars?
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Does anyone read the manual?


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I noticed I dont recall seeing a trans dipstick under my hood. How do you check the level or add fluid in these cars?
The dipstick is on the transmission.
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That would be to easy.
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The transmission is "sealed for life" as it says in my tech manual. I personally would probably change the fluid and filter at 100k miles. You can change it more often if it makes you feel better.

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Way too long to do service. You either "buy in" to the so called lifetime oil that Ford and others claim to use for automatics, or use a more realistic, sometimes called old school method of flushing every 30K.

I opt for the 30K flushes. Doing so insures the transmission gets a complete (98%) fluid change, verses just dropping a pan and changing a filter with about 4 to 5 quarts of oil. That would be like removing only 3 quarts of engine oil when doing an oil change. This may better than nothing, but the full flush at 30K is going to insure a longer logentivity of your automatic. Heat is the number one reason for failure of an automatic transmission, which also breaks down the oil and its additives.
Many folks used to state that a flush can dislodge contaiminants in an automatic. This is not the case with the newer flush devices used at transmission shps. Plus, doing a flush every 30K insures you don't build up any garbage or sludge in the automatic. A flush is going to set you back around $150.00 to $175.00, but worth it.

I've done automatic transmission flushes on my 2005 Ford F150, my Mustang, and my Ford ranger. The F150 is in my sons hands now; it has over 255K without an automatic transmission failuer to date, The Mustang has 61K (it just got it's second automatic transmission flush), and the Ford Ranger has over 214K and is running on its original automatic transmission, without a failuer as well.
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The dipstick is on the transmission.

That would be to easy.
Good luck finding a readable dipstick for your automatic transmission on a 2011 to 2014 Mustang.
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I agree with 30,000 mile flush. I too, read the manual. Thats too with two o's
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So you have the flush done at your Ford dealership?
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Good luck finding a readable dipstick for your automatic transmission on a 2011 to 2014 Mustang.
This post makes no sense. These cars have dipsticks on the transmissions that are very easily readable. How do you think I changed my own fluid when I installed a converter? By filling the transmission and checking the fluid level.
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This post makes no sense. These cars have dipsticks on the transmissions that are very easily readable. How do you think I changed my own fluid when I installed a converter? By filling the transmission and checking the fluid level.
Please, send me a picture of your automatic transmission dipstick....here's the description from my 2011 owners manual (page 298) for checking the automatic transmission:

TRANSMISSION FLUID
Checking automatic transmission fluid
The automatic transmission does not have an underhood transmission
fluid dipstick.

Refer to your scheduled maintenance information for scheduled
intervals for fluid checks and changes. Your transmission does not
consume fluid. However, the fluid level should be checked if the
transmission is not working properly, (i.e., if the transmission slips or
shifts slowly) or if you notice some sign of fluid leakage.
Transmission fluid should be checked and, if required, added by
an authorized dealer.

Do not use supplemental transmission fluid additives, treatments or
cleaning agents. The use of these materials may affect transmission
operation and result in damage to internal transmission components.
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Please, send me a picture of your automatic transmission dipstick....the one on my 2011 Mustang is near impossible to locate and check.

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I was just going to ask the same. I just went out and searched all over under my hood and only find oil dipstick. Can it be accessed from the engine compartment? A few Google searches also say no dipstick. Please enlighten us. Share the knowledge.


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Where did I say it had a dipstick under the hood? Never. The dipstick is located on the side of the transmission and does not go up under the hood. How else would you check it?

I speak from experience here not reading an owners manual or what someone posted on the internet.
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Where did I say it had a dipstick under the hood? Never. The dipstick is located on the side of the transmission and does not go up under the hood. How else would you check it?

I speak from experience here not reading an owners manual or what someone posted on the internet.

Don't be such an ***. I was just asking a simple question if it was located under the hood, because none of us are finding it in the normal spot, which is under the hood. Get off your high horse and treat others with respect.


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Don't be such an ***. I was just asking a simple question if it was located under the hood, because none of us are finding it in the normal spot, which is under the hood. Get off your high horse and treat others with respect.


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It wasn't directed at you or anyone in particular. I would have quoted you if it was.


While you may call it my high horse I call vast experience compared to most here. I wouldn't post it if it wasn't true.
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It wasn't directed at you.

Well, you were referring to what I said about looking under the hood and not finding it. Why couldn't you just tell us where it is since you know, like driver side, passenger side, need to crawl under car to access since it is not a long stick extending into engine compartment but a short one instead, or whatever the case may be? Some people like to help others out, others just like to insult if they know something you don't. Unfortunately, with our names being so close, on more than one occasion I have caught crap from people because of the way you treated them.


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The dipstick is on the transmission.

That would be to easy.
Sounds like a pita who reads the entire boring manual when most of it is common sense. A simple "it's under the car attached to the transmission not accessible from under the hood" is much more acceptable.

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That's the problem with society today. Everyone needs to be spoon feed everything.
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Folks with prior ownership of vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission would open the hood, and might "expect" to see a transmission dipstick. I did the first time I went to check the fluids. When I did not find one, then it was off to the owners manual to see why it wasn't there. I don't consider this being spoon fed, but rather educated as to where I might find it, if it exists at all.

No worries. I only asked if you had one because a previous owner perhaps installed one on your Mustang. There are some custom rod shops that sell automatic transmission dip sticks, so I figured perhaps yours had one of these.
I don't do the automatic transmission fluid replacement on my Mustang. When the manufacturers started eliminating the drain plug on the torque converters, they made it difficult to remove all the oil for a complete removal. It is now easier for a shop with a flushing machine to do it.
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Way too long to do service. You either "buy in" to the so called lifetime oil that Ford and others claim to use for automatics, or use a more realistic, sometimes called old school method of flushing every 30K.

I opt for the 30K flushes. Doing so insures the transmission gets a complete (98%) fluid change, verses just dropping a pan and changing a filter with about 4 to 5 quarts of oil. That would be like removing only 3 quarts of engine oil when doing an oil change. This may better than nothing, but the full flush at 30K is going to insure a longer logentivity of your automatic. Heat is the number one reason for failure of an automatic transmission, which also breaks down the oil and its additives.
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I've done automatic transmission flushes on my 2005 Ford F150, my Mustang, and my Ford ranger. The F150 is in my sons hands now; it has over 255K without an automatic transmission failuer to date, The Mustang has 61K (it just got it's second automatic transmission flush), and the Ford Ranger has over 214K and is running on its original automatic transmission, without a failuer as well.
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UI just changed my transmission fluid in my car this morning. Pretty sure its the first time its ever been done in this car lol the magnet was fulla crap but every things cleaned up now, new filter and gasket.. no more burnt fluid
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Hey whatever makes you feel better do it :thumbup: I changed my wifes trans fluid in her explorer at 120k miles. And now at 160+k miles still going strong.
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It wasn't directed at you or anyone in particular. I would have quoted you if it was.


While you may call it my high horse I call vast experience compared to most here. I wouldn't post it if it wasn't true.
Hey "Grabber Blue5.0", I caught that the First time when you said it was on the Trans. It does suck, that other people don't always understand what they Read. It was Very, very Obvious to me where you were referring to: simply because it is not under the hood, which everyone noticed, the first time they All looked under the Hood.
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I've seen some under the hood pics with a dipstick so someone makes a kit or something to install one. I for one when u put my converter in want to be able to keep an eye on the fluid and it's condition.

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I've seen some under the hood pics with a dipstick so someone makes a kit or something to install one. I for one when u put my converter in want to be able to keep an eye on the fluid and it's condition.

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Agreed. Why Ford decided to not make this an easier job by way of a underhood dipstick is beyond me.

Must be an industry trend. My wifes 2012 BMY does not have an engine oil dipstick; BMW chose to install a sensor instead to inform you via the information center that your oil is low. I guess auto manufacturers think auto owners are getting soft when it comes to performing their own maintenance.
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Does anyone know who makes the kit??
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I wouldn't suggest an aftermarket pan/dipstick. They've ben known to leak.
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Anything like that will leak if not installed correctly. But I have not heard of anyone having issues with leaks besides someone who didn't install a gasket correctly. I think it would be a good mod to go with a converter.

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Performance Automatic makes a dipstick that comes up into the engine compartment for the 2011-14 Mustang. I have one but have not installed it yet. Here is a link so you can see what it looks like.
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