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Old 03-08-2011, 06:24 PM
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Default Thoughts on transmission flush

hey everyone i was wondering what eveyone thought on transmission flushes and filter changes? My truck has about 85,000 miles on. Should I change it? or I have heard never to change the fluid on higher milage vehicles because it will have concequences in the future. I checked my fluid today and compared it to brand new fluid on a white sheet of paper. It had a very very very light brownish color to it compared to the brand new fluid.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:52 PM
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I think its only a concern if its never had it done and its had a life of abuse. most newer vehicles say not to change it unless there's a problem, but I'm not 100% sure about our trucks. I had mine done at 116K miles, without knowing the history, and it hasn't messed anything up.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:25 PM
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Default Re: Thoughts on transmission flush

Do you know the history on your truck? If it's had the fluid changed before, you shouldn't have a problem. If not, you're at that mileage where it's :/

Just to show you how important regular fluid changes are, my truck has 47,000 miles on it. Here is what the transmission filter looked like on it.



The transmission is one of the most neglected components on a vehicle. Therefore, it is usually the first to fail. Ranger Automatics are already finicky by themselves, so not performing regular maintenance on them is just asking for early failure.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:29 PM
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yeah I have had no problems with my tranny... yet and I bought the vehicle with about 75,000 miles on it so i have no idea if it has been changed or not, I just got to talking to my buddy about it and wondered what eveyone else opinons are on flushes
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:48 PM
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Default Re: Thoughts on transmission flush

well i got mine at 169,000 miles and just got it thoughts on doing mine
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:51 PM
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Default Re: Thoughts on transmission flush

Never do a power flush if that is what you are asking about. I've heard too many stories about transmissions getting jacked up from doing that.

Drain the fluid out of the pan and change the filter every 30,000 miles. The transmission will take about five quarts to do the job to do it once, ten to change all the fluid. Since it appears from your post that you've never changed your fluid, I would do on change with just fluid (five quarts). Drive it around a bit to get the transmission to go through all it's gears and repeat with a filter change (another 5 quarts). It did wonders for my girlfriend's Explorer Sport (basically the same as a Ranger), it will do the same for you.

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well i got mine at 169,000 miles and just got it thoughts on doing mine
Assume the previous owner was a duffus and change all your fluids. Many people think "just changing the oil every 3,000 miles" is taking good care of their vehicle.
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Old 03-09-2011, 01:09 PM
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^ thanks ill prolly end up doing that, change out 5 quarts and then change the filter and another 5 quarts
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:26 AM
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…Drain the fluid out of the pan and change the filter every 30,000 miles. The transmission will take about five quarts to do the job to do it once, ten to change all the fluid. Since it appears from your post that you've never changed your fluid, I would do on change with just fluid (five quarts). Drive it around a bit to get the transmission to go through all it's gears and repeat with a filter change (another 5 quarts). …
That's a good plan, and exactly what I plan to do as well. Considering I don't know the history of my truck (bought it at 47,000 at 54,000 now) I'll be spending a little extra for oil analysis on the ATF as well, just to get an idea of how worn the clutches are etc…
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:50 AM
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Default Re: Thoughts on transmission flush

sgtsandman is somewhat correct. the only time you shouldn't do a power flush is when the transmission is slipping or when the fluid is dark brown/black with visible metal on the dipstick. Just remember, when you drop the pan, you are only changing about 30-45% of the fluid.

* also, when you do drop the pan, if a little white plastic "thing" comes out, your pan has never been dropped. that's something that Ford outs in to detect tampering.
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:54 AM
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Default Re: Thoughts on transmission flush

Ok, now you"ve just given me something to do this weekend. Is the pan you reffer to the one with the many bolts (12 or so) at the bottom? Also the 4.0 ranger doesnt have a dipstick so how do i check the level afterwards? More
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:33 AM
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Default Re: Thoughts on transmission flush

if your atf is only a little brown, and doesnt smell burnt and feel gritty (it should smell, well weird.... and it should feel slick) you should be fine. even with a flush. but if its brown, dont flush it.

i changed the fluid and filter on my old toyota with ~190k... no problems!
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:10 PM
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Ok, now you"ve just given me something to do this weekend. Is the pan you reffer to the one with the many bolts (12 or so) at the bottom? Also the 4.0 ranger doesnt have a dipstick so how do i check the level afterwards? More
the 4 liters definitely do have a tranny dipstick. look under the upper radiator hose.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:12 PM
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Default Re: Thoughts on transmission flush

anyone else having trouble opening their clutch reservoir, I tried to open mine and its screwed on so tight, I can't even open it with a dry cloth for more grip?
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:42 PM
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Mine's buried behind the engine bay fuse and relay box. I'm not looking forward to getting that open when it comes time to bleed the system and put some fresh fluid in there.
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:37 PM
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Default Re: Thoughts on transmission flush

Thanx for the help.
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