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Old 09-26-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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transmision fluid change

i hav 04 lx spi with 4sp auto an it needs transmission fluid change.Shops around here want about 200$.Is this something i can do myself?Does this tranny have a filter?


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Old 09-29-2012, 10:45 AM   #2
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i hav 04 lx spi with 4sp auto an it needs transmission fluid change.Shops around here want about 200$.Is this something i can do myself?Does this tranny have a filter?
It's messy as there is no drain plug, you have to unbolt the whole bottom pan. It's easy, just messy.

Most tedious part is scraping off old gasket sealer.

Grab a Hanyes manual from an auto parts store.
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Old 09-30-2012, 04:45 PM   #3
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ok ill do that thanx for the info
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:54 AM   #4
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Does it have a filter?
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:21 AM   #5
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Does it have a filter?
Yes, gasket and filter will need to be changed:

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...er=898032_0_0_

You'll want some RTV as well:

http://www.autozone.com/autozone/acc...er=526939_0_0_

And save yourself the headache and just get Motorcraft Fluid Mercon V:

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/de...0471&ppt=C0207

Might be $1~3 more expensive than castrol but I'd trust this more than anything else. Comes in an orange bottle, sold at Oriley and Ford Dealer. USE ONLY MERCON V. DO NOT USE MERCON LV, IT IS NOT COMPATIBLE.
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What is the recommended mileage before chging tranny fluid?
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:24 AM   #7
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What is the recommended mileage before chging tranny fluid?
Every 30k according to Ford.com:

https://owner.ford.com/servlet/Conte...ic&Cylinders=4
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Funny, they didn't post that in owner's manuals I got. Nothing mentioned. Regardless, you can go longer, go by fluid color. Fluid will be red, then go orange then brown. Going 60,000 will have oil just getting orange barely if you don't abuse trans or tow. I change at 60-70K and the trans lasts forever. I don't change filter either. If something breaks like that you can pretty much be sure it will be something that would've broken even if brand new fluid kept in it all the time. Every Ford ATX I've fixed on my stuff went down over crap designed parts............

If fluid changes color faster change fluid faster.
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