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i'm about to hit 30000 miles on my SEL AHHHH lol i'm about 10 miles short and I want to know how hard it is to replace the tranny fluid myself... or is it best to get it dont by for and pay them big bucks?


how much are we talking to do it myself?

and what about for how mudh do they want? lol
 

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http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/index.php?...c=9265&hl=fluid

http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=8997&hl=

http://www.taurusclub.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=8679&hl=

Here are a few useful links. I did a search on "fluid" in the Maintenance Forum. There are a few more, but these looked pretty good at first glance through the first 4 pages or so. Hope this helps. My understanding that its a pretty easy process, and much cheaper than having a shop do it. The Mercon V is what will cost you the most, I think.
 

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If you are just going to do the pan, I've heard it's not all that hard. It just takes time and you have to make sure the car is cool. Otherwise, when you drop that pan and the fluid get's on you that could hurt. I don't know how easy or hard it is, since i have never done it before. That only replaces 4 quarts.

As for changing 100%, you must take it to a place that has the special machine. For charged me $160 and it was well worth it. That one you can't do by yourself.
 

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This is very true. To be honest, I had Ford do it for me simply because I hardly have time to change the oil, let alone anything else. You'll find about 50 threads battling out whether flushing is bad for your tranny or not (let's not make this 51, BTW). I had it done and 25,000 miles later, no problems.
 

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SEL:

Do it yourself.

Put the car on ramps, remove the transmission pan (something like 19 8mm bolts), remove the filter (it just pulls out), clean out the pan and clean off the magnet, pop in the new filter, bolt up the pan (the gasket is reusable) and re-fill with fresh Mercon V...put in 5 qts to start, then fill as necessary after the fluid is warmed up...it'll take 6-7 quarts altogether.

Obviously the above is a somewhat simplifed version...read the links Mantioch provided, but it's really not difficult or tricky, and will save you a bit of coin (fluid and filter will cost you approx $35...the dealer will charge you in excess of $100 for this service)...
 

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I did my 30k tranny flush last week.....well the dealer did. $150, seems perfectly fine :)
 

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Originally posted by n2_space@Sep 23 2004, 12:30 PM
I did my 30k tranny flush last week.....well the dealer did. $150, seems perfectly fine :)
Ive done mine twice, once at 30K and 60k, with a full flush at 60k. Well worth it.

-Damon
 
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