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Old 05-17-2012, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys, my 2000 Taurus SES, with the duratec, has 52k miles.

I bought it from my neighbor, who was the original owner. I know for a fact that the transmission fluid is original, its not burnt or anything, and the transmission ****s okay, but i know it can shift even BETTER with new fluid and filter, and to keep up with the maintenance.

I have read all the stuff about changing the fluid and filter by dropping the pan. Unfortunately, i cant do it myself, and i'm gonna have my mechanic do it.

I am going to buy the fluid and filter from Advance auto parts because of the promo codes.

i know when you do the pan drop not ALL the fluid is changed, but i'm debating on which fluid to get.

I know its Mercon V, but what i mean is should i get the Mobil 1 synthetic fluid, or the Mercon V Castrol brand. I will be getting the pro-king filter.

I dont mind spending a little more for the synthetic.

here are the two fluids:

Buy Mobil1 Dexron/Mercon Automatic Transmission Fluid (1 qt.) 98HC69 at Advance Auto Parts

Buy Castrol Mercon V Automatic Transmission Fluid 06818 at Advance Auto Parts


What do you guys think i should choose?
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Go synthetic, it's more resistant to heat.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mobil1 Synthetic is one of the few true synthetic ATFs.

Otherwise, whatever Mercon V fluid you can buy will be the ticket. New filter. REUSE THE GASKET. Don't replace it if it's the black plastic OEM Ford one.

And put a trans cooler on the car.
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I would talk to your mechanic and see if he can disconnect the trans cooling line to get all of dirty fluid out. This is how the ford service manual says to do it. You turn the car on with the line disconnected and it drains most of the fluid out of the torque converter and lines. Then you drop the pan and change the filter. I put the link below, its not as hard as you think. It will be expensive if you buy the mobil-1. 12 quart capacity equals 120$. When I changed my fluid back in January Napa was running a special on Valvoline mercon V, its full synthetic and was on sale at the time for $4.75 a quart. I would also invest in a bottle of lucus transmission fix. Both worked great, my car has 103k miles and it shifts very smoothly.

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Old 05-18-2012, 05:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input guys!

My mechanic is a truck yard a mechanic...lol, so he does things cheap for us.

I'm just gonna have him drop the pan, change the filter, and we'll measure the fluid, and put the same back in, then check it.

I just found out i can't use the promo code on the mobil 1, so it looks like i'm going with Castrol Mercon V. I'm really on a budget, so thats the only reason why i'm going with it.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:05 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you have an AAP near you I used an online coupon code to get some castrol on the cheap.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I would talk to your mechanic and see if he can disconnect the trans cooling line to get all of dirty fluid out.

How To Flush Your Tranny At Home

You dont need a mechanic, or any tools for that matter, to disconnect the trans cooler lines from the trans. All you need are 2 fingers to squeeze the colar in the fitting.
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Jeff, running the transmision till it gets bone-dry can lead to damage of the internal parts. I would say that the safest method is just replacing the pan oil, especially if it looks still good. You are still adding the needed additives to the system.
Torque converter has a hole in it for draing if you really want to drain the whole system. You just need to rotate by hand the engine till it alignes with the bottom hole in the case.

To OP: I use Castrol Mercon V and never had a problem. Just take a look at your mechanic and next time you can do it yourself - it's a good thing to replace that more often than Ford recomends since you do only a partial change.
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The torque converter does not have a hole in it, at least from ford. So you cannot do that.

If you follow the directions at home thread, and do it properly, you will never run the pump dry.
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Got my Tec wagon at 82k, it had one pan drop prior as it had a cork gasket.
I just have been doing pan drops as fluid was clean when I got it. I'm at 210k now using Mercon V . I only use expensive Mobile I in my truck that tows trailers.
I personally am not a fan of letting the trans pump itself out, old school........
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