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Old 09-26-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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Help - 08 Transmission Fluid Mistake

I have an 08 Focus w/an Automatic transmission. Its leaked a drop or two since it was new, @ 20k miles, they pulled the transmission and went through it, 55k miles later, it still drips. I recently started a new job that requires a 150 mile round trip commute so I checked my fluids, noticed it was low (fluid was right at the bottom hole, right below the crisscross patter on the dip stick) so I thought I'd pick up a quart of Mercon LV and fill it up.

My wife and I were discussing the days events after work today and I pulled the transmission dip stick and without though poured the whole quart in. I had assumed, like most cars, when the "oil" dip stick reads that low, you add a quart. Well, upon rechecking the transmision fluid level I fear I have overfilled it.

So, I have two questions, 1.) How low is the transmission fluid when its just below the crisscross pattern? and 2.) What is the simplest way to drain some of the fluid back out?

I appreciate any and all help you can give me. I don't wanna risk driving it and tearing something up!


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Old 09-26-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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Simplest way is to stick a tube down the dipstick tube and suck it out with a manual pump. The Ford way is to disconnect the trans cooler hose and pump it out by cranking the engine.

If you have 1/4" diameter vinyl tubing, take a plastic bottle and drill two 1/4" holes in the cap. Shove a 2' section of hose into one hole, a 4' section in the other hole; now you have a reservoir in-line with the 6' hose. Stick one end down the dipstick tube, suck on the other end, the bottle will hold what you suck out.


Usually, on an ATX, when the level is at the lower fill line, it only takes 1/2 quart to get to the max line.
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automatic there should be a drain plug right under the pan just open and let it come out
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Went with the hose method. Thanks for the help guys! I bet I pay closer attention next time.
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