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Old 12-07-2009, 11:40 PM   #21 (permalink)
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1. IMO, it's important to change the fluid in these yearly or at least every now and again. it's cheap, it's easy, and it can save you a bunch of money.

2. no idea. sorry!

3. not sure what car you have, but what you've got is fine. dexron/mercon is fine. it's what mine calls for, and probably (but you should check) yours too.

A turkey baster method is fine if done now and again.

I usually use a little kit that lets you start a siphon (safely) and then I siphon out as much as I can, and replace it. Farm and Fleet have them. It's a bulb in the middle of some flexible tubing. It works great for this type of thing.

If you go too much farther than that, you could introduce air into the system and when it burps out it's not pretty.
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Having the fluid get brown is normal. You basically change it when it's not red anymore. There's no recommended interval, but an arbitrary value I pulled out of my hat says change it every 10k miles. It doesn't matter if you use Dex/Merc or Mercon V.
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Fluid question? Here you go.

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ISSUE:
MERCON® Automatic Transmission Fluid is being replaced by MERCON® V as a service fluid for power steering systems originally requiring MERCON®.

ACTION:
Beginning immediately all power steering applications requiring MERCON® can now be serviced using MERCON® V or MERCON® Automatic Transmission Fluid or dual usage fluids labeled MERCON® / MERCON® V. After July 1, 2007, MERCON® Automatic Transmission Fluid will no longer be manufactured, therefore, availability of this fluid will continue until remaining inventory has been depleted.

SERVICE PROCEDURE

Service power steering systems requiring MERCON® with MERCON® V or MERCON® Automatic Transmission Fluid or dual usage fluids labeled MERCON® / MERCON® V.

CAUTION: APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDING TYPE F AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND POWER STEERING FLUID MUST CONTINUE TO USE THAT PARTICULAR FLUID. USE OF ANY OTHER FLUID MAY CAUSE REDUCED FUNCTIONALITY OR DAMAGE


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Old 12-08-2009, 12:38 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Alright, thank you all so much for the valuable informations.


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Fluid question? Here you go.

FORD: 1996-1997 Thunderbird
1996-2007 Crown Victoria, Mustang, Taurus
1998-2003 Escort
2000-2007 Focus
2002-2005 Thunderbird
2005-2006 Ford GT
2005-2007 Five Hundred, Freestyle
2006-2007 Fusion
1996-1997 Aerostar
1996-2007 E-Series, Explorer, Ranger
1997-2004 F-53 Motorhome Chassis
1997-2007 Expedition, F-150, F-Super Duty
1998-2003 Windstar
2000-2005 Excursion
2001-2003 Explorer Sport
2001-2005 Explorer Sport Trac
2001-2007 Escape
2004-2007 Freestar
2005-2007 Escape Hybrid
1996-1997 Cargo
1996-1998 L-Series
1996-1999 F- & B-Series
2000-2007 F-650, F-750
2006-2007 Low Cab Forward
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1996-2007 Town Car
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2007 MKZ
1998-2007 Navigator
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2007 MKX
MERCURY: 1996-1997 Cougar
1996-2005 Sable
1996-2007 Grand Marquis
1999-2002 Cougar
2003-2004 Marauder
2005-2007 Montego
2006-2007 Milan
1997-2007 Mountaineer
1998-2002 Villager
2004-2007 Monterey
2005-2007 Mariner Hybrid, Mariner


ISSUE:
MERCON® Automatic Transmission Fluid is being replaced by MERCON® V as a service fluid for power steering systems originally requiring MERCON®.

ACTION:
Beginning immediately all power steering applications requiring MERCON® can now be serviced using MERCON® V or MERCON® Automatic Transmission Fluid or dual usage fluids labeled MERCON® / MERCON® V. After July 1, 2007, MERCON® Automatic Transmission Fluid will no longer be manufactured, therefore, availability of this fluid will continue until remaining inventory has been depleted.

SERVICE PROCEDURE

Service power steering systems requiring MERCON® with MERCON® V or MERCON® Automatic Transmission Fluid or dual usage fluids labeled MERCON® / MERCON® V.

CAUTION: APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDING TYPE F AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND POWER STEERING FLUID MUST CONTINUE TO USE THAT PARTICULAR FLUID. USE OF ANY OTHER FLUID MAY CAUSE REDUCED FUNCTIONALITY OR DAMAGE[/b]
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For me, the easiest way is to pull the hose off the cooler when I am changing tranny Fluid.

I drive it for a while then use the turkey baster.

i also have a Lincoln suction gun.

I gave a few of them to Bob Gervais for door prizes at running of the bulls a few years ago.

the turkey basters from the dollar store worked fine. Just make sure you wrap your fingers around where the bulb goes to to tube.

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I figure I'd do a write-up. It's dead simple and with this method you don't have to crawl under the car.

On the Vulcan and Essex, the P/S reservoir is on the engine and it's big enough for a turkey baster. I had a real cheap turkey baster that fell apart after a few pumps and left fluid everywhere so it got messy.

On the Duratec, my turkey baster wouldn't fit so one day I was washing my hands and thought "Hmm, that thing will work" so I saved the soap bottle once it was empty. You'll also need trans fluid. Doesn't matter what trans fluid. I had some leftover Mercon and thought I'd use it all up. I'll need to pick up some full-synthetic for later. Not pictured is a bottle to catch the old fluid.




So, just take the pump off the soap bottle and make sure you rinse it good before using it! Don't want to contaminate the P/S system with soap. And then just start pumping into a bottle. I used an old water bottle. It's easier to use two hands.

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I managed to pump about half a pint out of the reservoir. The P/S system is about a quart.




This needs to be done once a week for about a month so clean fluid is gradually put into the system to clean it and then siphoned out and replaced. Eventually it'll all be clean.

Note: the soap pump might not work on the Essex or Vulcan because the soap pump isn't long enough. Use a turkey baster for those engines. Go buy one. Your mom/wife/girlfriend won't appreciate you using her turkey baster.

another way i found out how to do it is pull the return line drivers side and have a cat litter bucket and drain it in to that i found that it works a lot faster and easier
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:42 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I did this for a long time and my fluid is finally getting clean.

First i used a turkey baster so suck the fluid out once every couple hundred miles or whenever i had a chance. I ran through 2 bottles of the cheap Prestone power steering fluid and it got a lot cleaner.

Now i am running the Mobil 1 ATF through it.

I would like to add that once you suck the fluid out of the reservoir there was a significant amount of dirt i wiped out with a shop towel inside the reservoir which saved a lot of dirt from re-depositing in the clean fluid.
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I did the turkey baster , got mine from Walmart. They had this little fitting for the bottom of the baster it is curved so I could get down deeper. Worked fine till the fitting fell off. So I got my handy dandy hemostats to retrieve that guy and I was in business again. I also purchased a pint measuring cup..plastic of course so the wife wont think I used the glass one from her kitchen. As I sucked out the old stuff and deposited it into the measuring cup..I knew how much to replace. No thinking required. This was so easy that I did my wife's car too(Sable Driver) A BIG THANK YOU to you guys for the information. last time I had the fluid changed they charged me 50 bucks. Joe(Wacky)
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:18 AM   #29 (permalink)
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when you guys refer to the "lock position", do you mean haveing the wheel turned all the way
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