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Old 05-29-2010, 02:16 PM   #1
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2000 Ford Focus- Transmission Oil Change

Hello Guys,

A Focus Rookie here, first of all let me thank the forum for all the valuable information posted which has helped me maintain my car.

I am in a fix, I am trying to change the transmission oil in my focus (2000 SE Auto 127k). I bought the car in 2008 and have no information for the transmission oil change from prior owner.

I think its time for the transmission oil change and i have two option, go to my regular mechanic and do a pan drop, or go the (Xpress lube) guys to change the ATX by suction option (without pan drop).

Please suggest me a suitable option.

Thanks in advance for time and effort.


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Old 05-29-2010, 03:01 PM   #2
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if u know your mechanic well, and treats you right id go with the pan drop. then they could also do a tranny filter as well
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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Whoa, I thought we had a transmission pan/filter replacement How-To? It's not that difficult. Not to worry, the new transmission fluid used in these vehicles goes for a much longer time than the older stuff- and the transmissions collect less crud. I think it's because the designs are smaller and use electronic controls instead of hydraulic so there's fewer passages to clog.

Anyway, it seems like you're volunteering to be a guinea pig. Well, unfortunately for you, we already had a guinea pig. I convinced this guy a long time ago (I have a manual transmission) to replace his filter. He also completely flushed all the fluid out- which I'd not really recommended for him because he only had 60k miles. I don't recommend it for you either unless the fluid smells like dead fish, or is brown instead of red. If it is red, and smells like the new fluid you just bought- don't bother with flushing unless you just want to spend the extra $20 in transmission fluid.

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Old 05-29-2010, 05:44 PM   #4
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At 127K I wouldn't do the tranny flush. You have to have some crud buildup at that mileage and, sometimes, the flush jobs loosen the crud and it ends up somewhere it shouldn't be in your tranny. And, like DaveSE2010 said, a pan drop allows you to change the filter too.
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:51 PM   #5
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DIY pan drop with filter change............
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Cool, So you are suggesting i do it myself. The problem with that is i don't have most of the equipment but will try to borrow the rest. So doing in from the (Xpress lube) guys is out.

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not much equipment, one wrench, any old pan to catch the crud, a funnel to put the crud in the bottles you empty filling it so it can go to oil recycling, some rags... old knife for a scraper to help clean old sealant off... that's about it...
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kinda off topic, make sure you do fully synthetic royal purple.
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Ford service manual tells you to drain out 3 liters of fluid, idle, and repeat 2 times before finally draining and adding the final 3 liter amount of fresh fluid...
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