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Old 11-21-2009, 09:32 AM
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general maintnance

im still fairly new to the diesel motors and what servicing entails but could someone please give me a link to or write up a semi detailed description on how to change/flush the tranny fluid and the same for radiator coolant.

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Old 11-21-2009, 02:37 PM
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help...please...id like to know how to do it myself cuz the dealerships are expensive and i know someone out there does maitnence themselves and knows how
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:02 AM
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Here is some good reading on flushing your coolant (an iron cleaner is recommended during the flush procedure):

Procedure on flushing your coolant using VC-9 (Iron Cleaner):
VC-9 Instructions - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
Coolant flush @ home cost. - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
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thanks.....anyone else for the tranny
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Get rid of the k&n btw
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why do you say that
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K&N filters on diesels are known to let dirt go through the filter and destroy turbos.
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There is no good way to flush your transmission yourself IMO. There is an internal thermostat that closes at 165 *F and it does not allow you to flush the Torque Converter. So if the truck is driven to get the fluid hot, as the flush chemicals OR the new fluid is put in (cold) the thermostat will close and fluid will not be flushed from the Torque Converter.

If you want a flush, better to call around and find a shop with a heated flush machine. I have called about 10 different shops and have not found one w/ a heated machine yet. Some say they do, but I then ask them what machine they use and I look it up on the internet ............. still haven't found a dealership w/ one.

The manual states that you can drain the pan and refill every 30k miles.

If you choose to do this then:
drain the pan,
drop it,
clean the internal screen (or replace it if it looks damaged),
put the pan back on,
refill w/ Mercon SP,
then change the external filter.

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