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Old 04-17-2014, 10:21 PM   #91
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great read! I feel confident giving it a go now.

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Old 04-18-2014, 07:43 AM   #92
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I'd do a full trans flush or at least drop and clean the pan and put in a new Ford filter. Try to find the rubber gasket for the pan? I'd use a synth fluid...Mobile or Redline and the right bottle of Lubegard additive (used by the pros). The synth and Lubegard will cost a bit...but not nearly as much as a trans rebuild.

Ironically...I have the same year and mileage car. I flushed the trans 2-3 years ago in fear of the same shifting issue you have.

The oil light is engine oil pressure...keep the level up and check viscosity? If it uses some oil...up the viscosity?

Check under the hood for a sticker showing the t-belt has been changed?


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well this will be my first post here... i have just bought a 00 ZX3 everything seems well but oil light flashes sometimes? i check fluid and seems normal maybe im getting something from the filter of loss of pressure? also this is a great guide 120k on motor and tranny and deff replacing tranny fluid a little slip going into 3rd (auto = hate it but have to deal with it) would you say any other products to put in like LUCUS? or just all tranny fluid?
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Old 09-27-2014, 01:26 PM   #93
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I'll be showing/teaching my grandson how to drop the pan (and install a drain plug kit) and change the filter and partial fluid change this evening.
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^^ You can add this bit of info into your lesson:
Before I did mine, I was having a hard time finding the torque spec on the pan bolts. Pretty sure I read this entire thread and other threads too. First post in this thread said 5 ft lbs, but I was looking for verification. What I found or settled on was 60 to 70 inch pounds, so it is equal to what the OP said. Auto Zone had an inch-pound torque wrench in their free tool loan program.
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Old 09-28-2014, 03:39 AM   #95
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Yes, I think I read somewhere in all the posts that the torque is 60 inch lbs. Thanks. I showed him how to use the TQ wrench (I have inch lb and foot lb versions) when he learned how to change the spark plugs a month ago. The old fluid was very dark, but the magnet only had the normal goop on it. I was kind of surprised how easy the pan came off-there was a very small amount of gray sealant on it. We used the rubber gasket that came with the filter. I still have sealant on hand if the gasket doesn't hold up. Located the drain kit at the driver side forward corner, clear of wires.

Replaced a measured 3 qts and 6 oz of fluid after the pan drop. Shows at just over the minimum level after a 1/2 mile quick drive. We'll recheck after a couple days.

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I think somewhere in there I recommended the Permatex kit because the rubber gasket has adhesive on it.
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