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Old 01-10-2012, 10:02 AM
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Question Should I change my own transmission fluid or take it to a shop?

Is there any harm in me changing my own transmission fluid? I have a 2001 F350 4x4, are there any videos out there or instructions on changing the fluid?

Also is there anything I should check or change other than the fluid and the filter while I am under there?

Got a day off work due to rain so trying to be productive....lol

Thanks ya'll! Taking my truck to the shop later today to get the codes read and see why the S.E.S. light comes on occasionally, hopeing that goes well!
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:05 AM
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I followed this method basically:

TikiWiki : 4R100 Transmission Fluid Flush

I drained the pan, refilled it, pumped out a gallon, refilled a gallon...repeated until I did 20 quarts. Worked like a charm.
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Be advised that Mercon V has been reformulated and can now be used in the 4R100.

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Be advised that Mercon V has been reformulated and can now be used in the 4R100.

Mark Kovalsky Tranny Flush
^^^^I also used Mark K's method and it works great. Prior to that I used to take my truck to the dealer for their "trans fluid flush". I later found out that all they did was drop the pan and drain the convertor and refill with new fluid so only half of the oil was getting changed out. Mark's method is more like a full fluid transfusion and it's remarkably easy to do. If you follow his method exactly, then you will pump out about 6 qts before you have to fill up the pan again. In my opinion this is ideal because then you have a pan full of clean fluid and it will only take 3 cycles before you have flushed the entire system (about 18 qts including cooler). I buy 20 qts of Mercon V when I change my fluid because I usually need to add a little at the very end of the procedure.

I am getting ready to change the trans fluid on my 3 trucks this weekend if I can round up enough trans fluid. I am going to try and find Mobil 1 syn in 5 gallon buckets since I think that might be a little less expensive than 60 qts of Motorcraft Mercon V.
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It's as easy as rufu said...
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Changing mine on Thursday. I also have an issue with locating enough Mobil 1 to do the job. Many of the local auto parts places only carry a few quarts at a time. Luckily, I went into an AutoZone and they just put out 30 quarts so I bought them all as I need 26 quarts for a change.
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Yikes! 30 quarts of Mobil 1...that must have put a dent in the wallet. I guess I am the only cheapy running Super Tech Dex/Merc with lubegard?
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the Mobil 1 synth. I saw was 9.99$ a qt...that would be a $200 trans. change...lol thats alota $$$. I opted for the Mercon V
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When I did mine a couple months back I drained the pan changed the filter then rolled the motor over till the torque converter plug was accessible after removing the cover plate. Drained the converter and then filled the trans back up.

Nearly any idiot can do this.
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I dony know about how much more Mark s flush gets out versus dropping the pan and draining the tc, I did an 02 for my boss and it took 18 quarts total.
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I dony know about how much more Mark s flush gets out versus dropping the pan and draining the tc, I did an 02 for my boss and it took 18 quarts total.
Dropping the pan won't get that much out. They stopped putting the drain plug in the torque converter so only getting out a few quarts from the pan won't help much on many trucks.

Mark's version also flushes the lines, cooler and valve bodies. Simply draining won't do that. If you're lucky enough to have a plug in the torque converter, you can still use Mark's flush procedure. You're just ahead of the game since you don't have as much old fluid to flush out.
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I didnt realize they quit putting plugs in the tc. When did they start that? I worked on a ranch for three years that had 7 psds, two had autos, and the 95 & the 02 both had plugs in the tc. I did all the maintences on the trucks, and when I left the 02 still had the orginal tranny with 300k on the clock, the other auto, 95, had orginal tranny but a new tc at 250 k.
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I am curious if my early 99 has a plug in the tc then.
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I do it the same every time... I take it to the Cheveron Lube place. I get out and go into the office and watch through the window drinking steaming hot coffee. They hook up the truck to the Trans fluid transfer machine.. It uses the Trans pump to transfer the fluid. You see the new stuff going in and the old stuff coming out... In about 30 minutes I pay them $99.99 and I drive out... They do not drop the pan and I prefer it that way.
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I would flip out if they never dropped the pan, because I want the filter changed and magnet cleaned/ checked for large debris.
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