The cooled transmission fluid then returns to the transmission where it is utilized in the valve body and torque converter to keep the vehicle moving forward. It's more responsive and feels smother shifting. I think I had around. For example, adding improper fluid to the transmission is actually detrimental to its life, which is why manufacturers decided that getting rid of the dipstick was one way to prevent premature, owner-induced transmission failure in new vehicles. Because now there is no way for the consumer to check the condition or the level of the automatic transmission fluid. If the truck has recently been in use, the engine will be warm and could possibly cause a minor burn. Position the bucket so that you can easily see the quart markings point the markings toward the driver side if you are working solo.
I would try not to extract more than 3 quarts at a time. Dirty fluid can cause issues ranging from a check engine light to damaged transmission internals. The industry argument According to the industry experts, the reason for eliminating the transmission dipstick is that although most consumers may believe they should check their transmission dipstick and fluid level, experts claim that it is actually better for vehicle transmissions to only be serviced by professionals. Here's a handy step-by-step guide on how to diagnose and fix a stubborn transmission. Check your transmission fluid's color against this chart. The issue is, a recently emerging new trend whereby transmission fluid dipsticks have begun disappearing in newer vehicles.
It says that some fluids may be labelled as dual usage. On my vehicle, almost exactly 4 quarts was extracted before I started to notice air bubbles in the vinyl line. Heat and broken parts will shorten the life of your fluid, but in general, your transmission fluid will last the life of your truck. But I am worried that if anyone messes with it, that it will never be the same again, and it runs great right now. The holes in the gasket will line up with the pan only one way. If you are not familiar with the way this transmission is designed in the F150, refer to the diagram below.
The Haynes manual suggests that you drop the transmission pan to replace the fluid, filter, and clean the magnet. Please excuse the crudeness of my drawing Basically, the transmission utilizes a closed-loop cooling system where the transmission fluid is pumped forward of the vehicle to the radiator where it is cooled via the engine fan and airflow when driving down the road. It has been quit the experience! What does it smell like? No more frustrating and fruitless time spent in the owner' s manual. All of the transmission machines I've seen connect between the transmission oil cooler line and the cooler. I found a small spot in the frame cross-member where I was able to tuck the hose away. Transmissions have a pretty high tolerance for abuse, but only if their cooling systems are working. Late model F-150's with the 6R80 have a short dipstick accessible on the transmission.
Ford has been developed sophisticated transmissions through years and it is critical that you add the exact type of transmission fluid stipulated by your owner's manual typically in the back of the manual in a section titled Fluid Capacities. To get the transmission up to the correct temperature, drive around until the engine is warm. Before adding transmission fluid, make sure that your engine was running when you checked the fluid level. Is the absence of the dipstick just a fad or does it have merit? You may wait 10-20 seconds for the fluid to fully travel through the lines and exit out. There is also no way for the consumer to add fluid if it is low. My memory is real hazy on this, but I vaguely remember a Ford bulletin about a bad batch of transmission fluid sometime around 2000 and up. As usual the labels are ambiguous and secretive.
This saves some time at the end of the procedure. Its not a good idea to mix the two. If you are having problems with the transmission in your F-150, such as clunky shifting or hesitation, check the fluid level first - it is amazing how many drivers pay thousands of dollars for transmission work when a half quart of transmission fluid would have fixed the problem. Most Ford F-150 trucks have the transmission dipstick located to the immediate left, or on the passenger side. Mainly, because the more informed you are regarding the warning signs of a transmission problem, the less likely you are going to require a major transmission repair. The smaller nut requires very little to be loosened and will spin freely when completely loosened. Since my truck is a 2002, I was not able to access a drain plug in the torque converter.
They must have 15 or 20 different types. Is your truck telling you the transmission has overheated? Maybe someone could verify this beyond all doubt. The engine has been overheated one time and I know that this degrades transmission fluid. Would anyone know which fluid to use?? With 145,000 miles on the transmission a filter change and complete flush would be the best way to go. The transmission fluid check point on a sealed transmission is only accessible from underneath the vehicle. This part is where having a partner is helpful because someone can watch the fluid filling the bucket. The transmission fluid dipstick is circled in red.
This article applies to the Ford Super Duty 2004-2014 If. If your truck has a tow package of auxillary transmission cooler, this will change the fluid quantities I specify below for a stock system. With franchises conveniently located coast-to-coast, Mister Transmission is the largest chain of transmission and driveline repair specialists in Canada. No wonder people get confused. It should be printed on the insurance card.