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Old 04-15-2010, 06:55 AM
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Default Checking and topping off fluids?

I just hit 60,000 miles yesterday I am putting way to many miles on the ol' girl! Anyhow, I dont really like for shops to touch my truck and dont want to get raped by the dealership. So I think me and Dustin (ranger_1999) is going to change/refill all the fluids in the truck. All I ever change is the oil and check washer fluid and check tranny fluid.

So far I understand the following from owner's manual and talking with Dustin

Transmission
Check and if fluid if needed, add Mercon ATF V through the dipstick at operating temp.

Radiator

Not real sure on this one. Do I just fill or do I replace? I know fiance's dad always drains 1 gallon and refills with 50/50 solution. I know I need to fill my reservoir to cold fill line. Someone walk me through the steps of how I should go about checking and adding/refilling radiator. I know you have to end up with 50/50.

T-Case

Check and fill if needed. Fill with Mercon ATF fluid until fluid is at bottom of opening. Not sure what brand to get.

Diffs

Dont really need checking unless they have been submerged and they have not. I will check them anyways. And if they do need filling, use 80W-90 diff lubricant

These are all the fluids that i'm really going to check. I know my brak fluid and power steering fluid are fine. I will look at them just to make sure though. I dont think I am forgetting anything. Ya'll know I'm not rough on my truck and don't wheel alot. The main things im concerned about because I dont really know how to do is the radiator.

Basically as you can tell, I just want to check all fluids and top off if needed. In not really draining anything (unless you think I need to). someone chime in to make sure i have ll this right
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:20 AM
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Default Re: Checking and topping off fluids?

If the coolant hasn't been changed, you are due. I believe Ford recomends a change every 3 years. Anyway, loosen the pet**** on the lower, driver's side and open the radiator cap. Any 50/50 mix is good for replacement. You will need two gallons for sure.

If you have done a change, just open the radiator while the engine is cool and make sure it is full to the top. Make sure the over flow reservoir is at the cold line. If your reervoir is like mine and there is no markings on the reservoir, make sure it's half full.

EDIT: You gotta be kidding me.... Open the valve on the lower, driver's side.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:25 AM
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of thos 60K miles how much is highway and how much is city?

If a lot of city driving I would say flush the transmission and replace the filter.
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Old 04-15-2010, 07:59 AM
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Default Re: Checking and topping off fluids?

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of thos 60K miles how much is highway and how much is city?

If a lot of city driving I would say flush the transmission and replace the filter.
its a mix man, some highway, mostly just local driving though. As far as fluids to go like the radiator, I bought the truck at 27k miles. So the dealership probably did all the fluids like they are supposed to be done then. All ive done since then is change the oil on time, refill radiator reservoir if needed and check tranny fluid (never filled it, it was fine).
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