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Old 01-31-2011, 01:39 PM
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so i have a 99 4.0 4x4 auto, i went in to get a filter and some fresh mercon V as well as some lucas oil additive, i noticed on some of the lucas tranny products it said dont use in ford F trannies, so i didnt get one of those... but my question is this, i crawled under my truck to drain the tranny and noticed i didnt have a drain plug, is it mated to the transfer case? or do i just have to make a big ole mess and pull the tranny pan? the ranger station tech write up on it said to drain the pan from the drain plug first but i dont see one on the pan

also it said it will take about 3 quarts to fill back up, i have 4 but after seeing they were wrong about the drain plug im hessitant to only have 4 quarts to fill it back up on hand... can anyone help?!
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:54 PM
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Default Re: transmission filter change question

I think your going to have to drop the Trans pan to get the fluid out, big mess.

And about the fluid, I say drain it all, and fill it back up to the top, dont know how much it will take though
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Old 01-31-2011, 01:55 PM
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yeah i was afraid you would say that, that blows, i cant do it here at my place then, my landlord would have a fit if i had oil spilled all over the ground. and im on a slight hill so i can just use a drip pan
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:04 PM
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If u are going to change the filter u needed to drop the pan anyways, right?
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:07 PM
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Yep, no way to change it without dropping the pan. I know somebody makes a C6 trans pan that has a drain plug, but you don't have a C6.

As far as Type F transmissions go, I think that's referring to the later 80's early 90's F-Series. My dad told me what that was all about a long time ago, but I can't remember now.
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:08 PM
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If u are going to change the filter u needed to drop the pan anyways, right?

correct but if you can drain the fluid down before you drop the pan, it isnt messy. dropping the pan is really messy just like draining a diff with no drain plug.
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:08 PM
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^^Yea I usually leave 1 or 2 bolts on one side in and just tip it down MUCH less messier


They sell plug kits at Advance auto for around 12 bucks...I got one, but there wasnt enough clearance for it on my pan
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:09 PM
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yeha i think it would be better to leave it stock unless i could find an aftermarket pan with a drain in it. the other option is to pump the fluid out but i dont wanna get into that.
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:21 PM
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^^Yea I usually leave 1 or 2 bolts on one side in and just tip it down MUCH less messier


They sell plug kits at Advance auto for around 12 bucks...I got one, but there wasnt enough clearance for it on my pan
With how thin the stock pan is, I wouldn't trust that plug kit unless there was a special piece welded to the pan that strengthened the hole. I tried one of their self tapping oil pan drain plugs after the previous owner thought a carriage bolt made a better drain plug. That drain hole was so fudged up the self tapping plug wouldn't even touch it.
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Old 01-31-2011, 02:45 PM
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Default Re: transmission filter change question

I just changed my filter this weekend. What I did was remove the back bolts and loosened the bolts around the edge. That allowed some to drain out. I slowly took out the ones down the side and drained more. I then got the ones on the front loose enough to get with my hand. With one hand holding the pan I took the last ones out.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:30 PM
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I changed the fluid and filter my girlfriend's Exploder last Saturday. I used the method STL mentioned. It takes 5 quarts to refill the pan.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:36 PM
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thanks you two, how messy was it with this method? and how long did it take?
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:39 PM
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Default Re: transmission filter change question

def drop one side of the pand down to drain so u dont make a big mess just like sandman and stl said. but i also did mine and i just got a big painting mat from lowes/ home depot and plastic bags and put it under the truck to make sure i didnt make any mess at all. worked very well for me
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:41 PM
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It took probably 2o minutes there was not a big mess at all.
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Old 01-31-2011, 04:46 PM
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damn stl thats fast do you have air tools at your place? i think it would take 20 min for me to get all the damn bolts out of the pan.
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