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Old 09-26-2012, 05:10 PM
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When i bought my truck i flushed all the fluids. I've yet to do the trans. Rig shifts/rung great. I just don't know when it was last done. My question since I'm not an auto guy. Is it as easy as dropping the pan. Swap filter and gasket. Install and fill? How bout the fluid in the TC. Any tips are appreciated. I wanna get it done in the next week or so

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Old 09-26-2012, 07:15 PM
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ive never done it myself - but i think a good idea if you plan on doing your future transmission services , would be installing a drain plug kit. i am clueless as to why they dont already come with one.. found this one on amazon for $10

B&M 80250 Automatic Transmission Universal Drain Plug Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive B&M 80250 Automatic Transmission Universal Drain Plug Kit : Amazon.com : Automotive
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:21 AM
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A easy and less messy way to drain the trans is to pull the rear trans cooler line off of the trans, slip a piece of 3/8 hose over the end of the line, drop the other end of the line in a large drain pan and start the engine. As soon as the fluid stops steadily flowing out the line shut the engine off. Hook the line back up, drop the pan, change filter, reinstall pan fill up and your ready to go. That is a whole lot less messy than just dropping a full pan.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:31 AM
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How does that work with the fluid in the TC.?
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I would drain the tc and put in better synthetic stuff.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:52 AM
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That's what in getting at? Robust need to pull the tranny to do that?
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Some torque convertors have drain plugs on them. If you are worried about what is in the torque convertor add a few quarts of fresh fluid while the old is pumping out. Mercon V is full synthetic. Unless your fluid is burnt I wouldn't worry about what is left in the convertor.
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wouldnt the trans be spinning without any fluid for a few seconds while your pumping the fluid out..? when they do a trans flush, arent they running new fluid in as your pumping the old out? i have no experience in this, so forgive me if im wrong - but isnt that almost the same as draining the oil in your engine by letting the oil pump , pump the oil into a bucket, and then waiting till theres no more left?

cause you not talking about flushing the system - your talking about letting it pump all the fluid out without replacing any while its spinning..
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Old 09-27-2012, 01:35 PM
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You are not trying to drive it while pumping the fluid out so there are no clutch's or anything trying to engage. I've done this many times, never damaged anything. It is important to shut the engine off as soon as it starts to spit air out the line.
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I serviced my E4OD this past summer. I took the pan off (carefully, of course, or you'll have a BIG MESS to clean up!!), cleaned it thoroughly, added a drain plug to the pan (Dorman # 65241, got it at O'Reilly's... here's a link: Dorman AutoGrade 65241 - Oil Drain Plug | O'Reilly Auto Parts).
Also added a Magnefine magnetic filter to the return line from the cooler (got it from RockAuto.com). Also got my transmission filter/gasket from RockAuto.

The TC can be easily drained by setting the parking brake, put the transmission in neutral, then get under the truck and remove the inspection cover under the flywheel. Although there is a special tool you can use, I was able to crank the flywheel around by simply engaging the blade of a pretty stout screwdriver in the teeth on the flywheel and prying it around little by little until the TC drain plug was facing straight down. Place a container under it that will hold a lot of fluid (seems like it was at least a gallon, probably more), then remove the drain plug and let it drain. Once all that was done and everything was back together, fill through the dipstick tube.
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