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Two General Questions

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I was wondering, is the best way to have the trans fluid changed just take it to the dealer and let them flush it? I hear that is a really good way of doing the change, vs. take off the pan and flush twice or something.
Also, what kind of code reader do you guys use to diagnosis problems with your trucks? I know many are still under warranty but does everyone just take them to the dealer? I'm sure there has to be a better/cheaper way for us DIY guys. I don't have a programmer on the truck nor do I plan on installing one so can anyone help? Thanks for the info

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Everyone-
I was wondering, is the best way to have the trans fluid changed just take it to the dealer and let them flush it? I hear that is a really good way of doing the change, vs. take off the pan and flush twice or something.
Also, what kind of code reader do you guys use to diagnosis problems with your trucks? I know many are still under warranty but does everyone just take them to the dealer? I'm sure there has to be a better/cheaper way for us DIY guys. I don't have a programmer on the truck nor do I plan on installing one so can anyone help? Thanks for the info
I don't have a code reader, but my SCT handheld flash tuner reads them. Also, if you want to do your tranny fluid yourself its not a big deal IMO not to flush it so long as you're going with the factory recommended intervals on the fluid changes. Just make sure you get only the motorcraft fluid thats recommended for the 5R110 tranny and an OEM filter. You don't get all the fluid out that way, but you'll get half of it or more. I changed mine at 32k and it was clean as could be... Lots cheaper than paying the dealer to flush it. Now if you have a lot of miles on the truck and its never been changed, I'd pay the extra money for a flush.

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