Burnt fluid is also a sign of a trans being on its way out. Final drive for automatic transmission only. . They are a little pricey, but they make high quality batteries. Axle lubricant quantities should not need to be checked unless a leak is suspected, service is required or the axle assembly has been submerged in water. Keep them cool, do regular service and don't abuse them and they will last. I usually run a small rubber hose from the top of the engine down to this whole and then I pour in the differential fluid 75W 90 into the hose so I don't have to try to fight gravity from below.
Normally the fill plug and drain plug located below the fill plug are on the driver's side. This should fix your problem and your car should start. I have gone this route on my transmissions when needed and it usually ends of being cheaper and there is piece of mind. Identification: check tag on case. When you flush a transmission with that many miles any bits of grit can get lodged in places they don't belong and easily cause problems. I never asked my local guy what kind of warrantee he offers, He tells me it won't break.
Your Excursion should be running when you check your transmission fluid level, otherwise the transmission fluid level on the transmission fluid dipstick will not be accurate. Keep them cool, do regular service and don't abuse them and they will last. The truck will be pulling a horse trailer of unknown weight to and from and then whatever driving around is done while they are there for a month. Buy a long narrow funnel at the parts store where you buy the fluid. I'd also prepare to drop the pan and change the filter while I was at it. They are a little pricey, but they make high quality batteries. The key to longevity regarding the 4R100 or any tranny really is to keep the trans operating temps as low as possible.
You could have the batteries checked and go from there. For the people saying its about to go etc, how do they know? Second because Mark was a designer of the 4r100 transmission. After refill check oil level. Within the next month and a half the truck is going to get 5,000+ miles put on it going from N. Sometimes it does not come out with the filter. The reason the manual states to park with brake applied is for safety reasons - should the vehicle lunge forward or backwards while you are checking the fluid level, you might be injured.
I prefer to go to a good local builder. I've never had to deal with a trans with burnt fluid with that many miles on it which is going to go on such a trip soon. Many vehicles with manual transmissions do not have a dipstick and their fluid level should be checked by an automotive technician as the car will likely need to be hoisted on a lift. One person starts the engine, while the other holds the line over the drain bucket. At least that's what I'm told and to be quite honest I'd rather use the Kovalsky method than flush it. First cause I'd rather do it that way and not run any risk of crap getting lodged where it doesn't belong.
It really doesn't concern me. I have seen transmissions go at 15,000 miles and last well over 200,000, all brands. The fill plug is up towards the front of the car on the transaxle body. There have been different size cooler lines over the years, so check before buying! This info was from my local ford dealer, after i had my trans serviced and discovered they didnt change the filter andcouldnt understand why. The owners of the truck think they changed it since they bought the truck a couple years ago with around 135-150k on it but don't remember for sure.
If you use Royal Purple 75W-140 axle lube, the modifier is not needed. You may use either conventional or synthetic, as long as it meets the above requirements. Repeat until you have added 13 quarts with the 4R70W. Replace aluminum seals as necessary if not corroded or only corroded on the outer edge, you can use again after cleaning. You may use either conventional or synthetic, as long as it meets the above requirements.
First, disconnect battery cables and clean up the cable ends with some kind of over the counter acid neutralizer or make your own with sodium bicarbonate and water. Visit me again at FixYa, if I can be of further assistance. If you still need help, please contact me at FixYa and I will be glad to assist. If you do not have one, then I suggest you get one. It will have to fit into the transmission dipstick tube. The drain plug is the one on the bottom of the transaxle box along the bottom edge, facing the driver's side front wheel. This page will be expanded as time permits.