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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.


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Yes, those are wonderful. Many manufacturers are doing it that way. GM, Honda, and BMW all have a similar method. A GM tech told me the trans fluid is supposed to last the "life" of the transmission, so no dipstick or fluid change is necessary unless there is a leak. Bogus IMO...lol...
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Yes, those are wonderful. Many manufacturers are doing it that way. GM, Honda, and BMW all have a similar method. A GM tech told me the trans fluid is supposed to last the "life" of the transmission, so no dipstick or fluid change is necessary unless there is a leak. Bogus IMO...lol...
I agree, also great for the scammers - seems she had the trans serviced at Mr Transmission about a year or so ago, and had a bill for 350$ for the oil and filter change - which, of course, they never did.
The Allen bolt was seized in, and had never been out, and the cooler lines I used hadn't been touched, so unless they telepathically changed the oil...............

This truck has been a bit of trouble lately, here is day before yesterday's repair:



several wires broken inside the boot at the pillar.
You can see by the third picture, the main power wire was shorting out on one of the whiskers of the other broken wires.
A disaster on the verge of happening.
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several wires broken inside the boot at the pillar.
You can see by the third picture, the main power wire was shorting out on one of the whiskers of the other broken wires.
A disaster on the verge of happening.
The "Mopar Guy" saves another one.
Nice. Dang Fords. Explorers werent their best product IMO.

Nothing a Special PCM and body harness wont fix....
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Chrysler also states "fluid for life" in their transmissions, including the LX cars.
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They all say it, as the fluid usualy is still "good" when a transmission dies. But this new way of them doing that is just plain fucking stupid.
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