Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Whitby, Ontario
Ford's better idea.......
So, today I did routine service on a 2002 Explorer - oil, filter, trans oil & filter. No biggie, right?
Well not until you come to fill the trans.
No dip stick or tube.
The trans is filled using a "special" tool through the drain plug.
It has a centre tube in it that is about 1 1/2" higher than the bottom of the pan, and is sealed by an Allen bolt.
By removing it, and inserting this "tool", you pump oil in until you get about 6 quarts in, then start and cycle the gears.
Then, you remove the "tool" and allow any fluid that is above the level of the drain plug to drain out.
Once it stops, the trans is at operating level. They also recommend 2 people to do the job.
Of course, I don't have the "tool", nor do any of the loaner places or even aftermarket supply shops.
So, I undid the lower cooler line, made a fitting from a piece of 3/8" brake tubing, and a length of plastic tubing attached to it and my funnel, run up beside the engine to the outside.
Filled with 6 quarts, allowed a little to drain.
Trans now shifts just like it should - before it was like crap due to plugged filter, and soupy oil.
goal - have one of my parts on every DI car:biggrinfl
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