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Old 11-04-2012, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Fall Maintenance Day

Well, today was a beautiful day here in Bama and I decided it was the perfect time to change my transmission fluid and my fuel filter @ 45K miles.

First, let's get the car up in the air. This was my first time lifting the front so finding my favorite stand points was interesting...

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I decided on using RP for the trans. fluid and, thanks to Moosestang's excellent How To, tackled this in under 20 minutes. The hardest part of this job is reaching the fill plug.

His write up can be found here:
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So far, I can feel a pretty noticeable improvement in trans. temp and ease of shifting. I now longer feel like I'm shifting gears in a tractor. Just. Freakin. Smooth.

After that, I tackled the fuel filter. Very easy and straightforward job. (Just don't get fuel in your face)

As for anyone on the fence about changing your filter. This is one of two separate puddles of crap that came out of the fuel filter. It was very clogged.

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So that was it for today. Next time, Spark plugs.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:42 AM   #2
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Good choice. Synchromax has been very good to me. Our fuel filters definitely get crudded up very easily. I change mine yearly.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:38 AM   #3
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I change my fuel filter like every 10k miles haha
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:07 AM   #4
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I've owned the car for a year now but, like a fool, didn't change it when I bought the car. Never again.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:19 AM   #5
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This reminds me, I need to change my fuel filter. Good luck on those spark plugs.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:14 PM   #6
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I changed my fuel filter around 35k I believe and since they are so cheap it's a no brainer not to change them more often. I paid $7 at Advanced Auto, and now I get them for free at my workplace.

How was the color of your ATF at 45k? I replaced mine around 35k as well, and it was just starting to get a dark ting.

You should unbolt your throttle body and wipe it down with TB cleaner and a nice rag, if you haven't done so yet.
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Old 11-05-2012, 01:31 AM   #7
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I enjoy this kind of maintenance. I was under my car today grinding down my swaybar brackets......they were a smidge too close for comfort to my new 17x10 race wheels.

Working on the mustang is a great day IMO....
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:04 AM   #8
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The factory ATF was DARK. It wasn't sludgy, just looked very dingy. Shifts are substantially better now and even though I don't see the correlation, clutch engagement just feels smoother in general. I'm sure that is all in my head though.
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Hey, where are the props for the helping friend? lol
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Yes, of course. Serious props to the amigo above for the help and loaning of tools.
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I did the Gear Box oil change with Royal Purple Synchromax yesterday night and I have to say that the shifts are smoother (especially when down shifting for some reason, and my forth gear that use to be rough is now pretty smooth).

I drained my old gear box oil (50800 miles on it) and it was not too bad (a little bit dark tho) and I tried to filter it to see if I would find some debris. I did find a few but nothing really big. I filled it back in with ~3.2 quarts before it starts overflowing. How much did you use Rocket254?

What about you? What were the main difference you've noticed after changing the oil?
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I must have really let mine drain out for a while as I put in 3 full bottles and then nearly half of another before it dripped out of the fill plug. At normal operating temperature, I'm afraid that a placebo effect may be in play. I'm not sure it actually helped that much but I'd like to think it did. Now cold weather is a different story. Last winter, my gearbox was a pain in the *** in the morning. Now it is a lot smoother.

Overall, I'm just glad I did the swap. It was/is peace of mind knowing that I have fresh fluid in there. Glad your swap out went well.
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Just an observation. There's nothing wrong with Moose's method of going through the shifter opening, but if you get about a foot longer piece of tubing, it's very easy to route it up through the engine bay next to the battery. Just for those who might not want to risk getting any fluid on their interior.
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I just used a pump. It worked for me.
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I just wanted to add something to moosestang's thread:
When you take the Drain plug and the fill in plug out you can notice that they put some red Loctite on the thread. When I put these plugs back on I added some more red Loctite to make sure it was sealed and to prevent from any leak.
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I never noticed that. Might have to check my transmission for leaks...
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I noticed the Loctite but didn't have any available to put back on. I tightened the heck out of that plug. Hopefully, I'm ok...
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Old 12-05-2012, 12:29 PM   #18
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I'm pretty sure y'all are ok as long as you tightened the plug good, I just wanted to point that out for the people who are planning on doing the gear box oil change in the future
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