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post #1 of 13 Old 07-25-2013, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Dealer fluid flush question

I called my local dealer and asked if they have the machine to do a proper trans flush with the heated fluid. They thought I was nuts. They said (after calling me back, said he had to talk to his tech) that their machine "overrides the thermostat" so it isn't necessary to heat it.

Will the flush here be a good one? $200.

I've had the truck since 94,000 and have no idea if it's ever been flushed (or even changed).
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I am curious, I want to do the same, but am concerned to do it because I have heard of stories of people having trouble after a complete flush. I have no transmission problems and only 70,000 on an 03.

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I'd like to know as well. Starting to shutter when backing up and will sometimes hang up on a gear in WOT. Truck has 153K and I doubt it's ever been flushed..

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Don't get your trans fluid completely flushed unless you change the trans oil religiously! If you have even the slightest wear on the clutch disc, the old fluid will have that material in it allowing your clutches to preform as normal… but if you replace with 100% new fluid the clutch disc will have a slight gap(if slightly worn) inbetween each of them and new fluid will be thinner allowing the clutches to slip and eventually wear out completely.

Just drop the pan and replace the fluid that comes out… and the filters.

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get your filters and fluid from http://www.dieselfiltersonline.com/ and order your internal/external and 10 qrts of mercon lv they have best price i've ever seen. they sell the mercon lv for under $6 a qrt.... under $115.00 including shipping if your not overseas etc...

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replace internal filter
bolt back up snugly but don't crank it
add 8 qrts of fluid through trans dipstick hole in engine bay
start truck and shift to neutral for few mins
turn off truck
check and or add fluid

take about 35 min if your ocd about cleaning everything

there might of been a step missed but you get the idea how easy and much cheaper to do yourself. plus you know it's done right and don't have to worry about a tech. having a bad day on your truck

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Agreed ^, its very simple and you get the satisfaction of... A: doing it yourself and B: knowing it was done and done right!

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your shops stating they can override the bypass bypass is bull **** IMHO
if not this is breaking news

the whole reason for the heated flush is for vehicles just like the 5r with the internal regulation

I hope Mark chimes in because I have even mentioned I wish you could override the bypass to Him
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You guys have to use mercon sp. If you Dont it can eat up your trans solenoids and cause issues. Mercon sp is what our 5r110s call for and to my experience is motor craft specific!!

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Mercon LV is backwards compatible with Mercon sp... Mercon sp is just a little harder to get a hold of depending on location.

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Just drop the pan and change the filters. I have also run Mercon SP for 15k miles and it shifts beautifully

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