thanks for your post back. After talking it over with the local mechanic, option 2a is what we are going to do. The 'nicer' part of this is that at least the truck has a higher clearance than the Taurus' do, so I won't have to do too much jacking to drain the transmission oil/fluid.
According to AZ, there are 2 different gaskets/filter sets for this 4R44E transmission. 1) deep pan and 2) shallow pan. I believe this truck has the deep pan, but does anyone know the difference or a solid way to check/verify?
The only other question I have, since I haven't done it on this transmission/truck is how do I tell what the return transmission line is? Just like my bull, the radiator has a trans-cooler on it's drivers side where the transmission fittings screw into it. This is 1997, this model does not have the pop fittings like my 2001 bull that requires the tool.
Here is the procedure that I'm going to go off of, roughly. If anyone can offer advice/suggestions, I'm very open to them. Thanks!
0) add in 1/2 pint of SeaFoam Trans Tune to transmission fluid 30 mins before doing oil flush and follow instructions (drive around or go through gears) to work in Trans Tune properly.
1) Disconnect trans-line from transmission. Follow back the line from the Bottom of the Trans-Cooler on driver's side of radiator to find the 'return' line
2) Turn truck on and pump out old fluid through the return line. This will take a minute or two. Turn truck off when fluid starts 'crawling' out of line to prevent damage.
3) Pour in 4 quarts of new fluid and pump out the new fluid through the same disconnected hose.
4) drop the Trans Oil Pan. Clean up magnet and pan itself with some brake cleaner
5) Disconnect other transmission line and drop transmission from chassis.
6) Replace the Torque Converter
7) Put transmission back into chassis. Replace new filter and gasket for Transmission pan. Make sure magnet is back in pan and bolt pan to transmission.
8) Add in 9.5 quarts and shift through all the gears.
9) Check fluid level and add in rest of SeaFoam Trans Tune.
By my calculations, I'll need roughly 9.5 quarts of oil for the full fill in step 8, along with the 'new' oil drain that step 3 calls out. So, roughly 14 quarts of oil. Does step 3 have enough oil going into the system to 'clean' out the old stuff?
EDIT: I was trying to be similar to the thread: http://www.taurusclub.com/wiki/index...ission_at_home
Upon reviewing that thread, the procedure says to add the new clean fluid and pump out after the pan/gasket/filter have been replaced. Not sure if my procedure would do what I was thinking it would. Step 3 specifically that is.