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Old 03-08-2009, 08:27 PM   #1
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Default I changed My ATF Today*Pics* (no 56k)

Any way I changed my Auto Trans Fluid today

tools needed
jack & 4 jack stands (unless you are ghetto like me, I used 2 sets of ramps, cause I loaned out mine)
T-30 torx bit ( for the fill plug on the drain plug)
7/8 wrench,(for the drain plug), its probably metric but the 7/8 fit good
8mm socket to remove the pan,and the 2 bolts that hold the filter on.
fluid fill adapter (its nothing more than a tapered pipe that is threaded on one end)
here is where you can buy one,
OTC 6604 Transmission Fluid Fill Adapter : Amazon.com : Automotive OTC 6604 Transmission Fluid Fill Adapter : Amazon.com : Automotive
New Fluid,
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I chose to use a Quality Synthetic
http://www.amsoil.com/storefront/atf.aspx?zo=1667299
and a fluid pump of some sort.
here is the one I have https://www.amsoil.com/storefront/g2039.aspx?zo=1667299
cost was 11 bucks
a drain pan of some sort,

and a new filter if you choose to change it , the WIX I bought looks EXACTLY like the OEM one, same stampings, weird huh?

1.raise car, be sure its level

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wondering about how I got the car up there? see post #11
2. remove drain plug, drain fluid



3 remove pan, there will probably be some fluid in it still so use caution., and try not to hurt the gasket, you will be re using it...

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4 clean pan, pay attention to the magnet

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5 change filter if you are going to

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6 re install pan, you can install the fluid fill tool into the center of the drain plug.

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7 get your

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and your

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ready to fill

pump your fluid in, mine took between 4-5 qts.
when you pull the pump hose off the fill adapter,
"allow the fluid to drain when the fluid comes out as a thin stream or a drip the fluid is at the correct level"
that part is per Ford.

oh here is what the trans looks like with the pan and filter removed
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:01 PM   #2
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Very cool. I've never done a transmission oil change. I wonder how much different it is for a manual transmission? I wanted to change it a while ago, and now at 33k miles I wonder if that's still too early?

Side note, what's the shelf life on synthetic oil? I still have my Royal Purple Tranny fluid that I never used.
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is it mercon V compatable?
if so it should be ok, and make sure you have @ least 5 qts.
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Why reuse the pan gasket? Didn't one come with the new filter?
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Why reuse the pan gasket? Didn't one come with the new filter?
no
my 2000 mustang has a rubber re useable one with magnets in it to hold it in place while putting the pan back on,
this one is completely different
its a thin rubber gasket and it is in a aluminum shim of some sort...
here is a crummy photo of it...

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nice write-up

how many miles do you have? (or how many should you have before you change it?)


(btw, i like your wheels; mags are on my to-do list)
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I'm @ 60k

and because the trans is the single most expensive part on the car to repair,
I should of done it sooner, not sure if the factory stuff is synthetic, but mine is now
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Ok I see now, it is re-useable. The shim probably helps to keep it from distorting and leaking if you over torque the pan bolts.
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