Mark, I worked in foreign car parts from 1970-1989. Please call for customer service and availability at 1-877-866-8372 ex. Check your transmission fluid's color against this chart. I have called around to local shops, even our local Ford dealership and nobody has a machine that heats the tranny fluid. Just a crazy thought, but wondering if it would work? The transmission fluid dipstick is circled in red. Keep in mind that there may not be a drain plug on your model so the pan will be full of fluid when removed.
There you are, charging up an on-ramp in your F-150 or F-250 Super Duty when your transmission suddenly decides to transmit your engine's power into violent shaking. I have also never had a trans failure in any vehicle I own and typically keep my vehicles for 10+ years, with over 100k on the odometer. Heat and broken parts will shorten the life of your fluid, but in general, your transmission fluid will last the life of your truck. Regards, Gordo Hi Mark, Here's what I have done on every vehicle auto trans that I have owned for 30 years. I brought my truck in to where I usually have it serviced and I was going to have a complete tranny fluid change.
Are you a weekend warrior, or love a good day off-roading? But how expensive would it have been to have the drain plug installed during production? This article applies to the Ford Super Duty 2004-2014 If. When adding transmission fluid to your F-150, be sure to add it slowly as it will fill up quickly and is difficult to remove excess fluid if you overfill. The intervals vary depending on the type of trans, type of fluid and conditions, but in general, every 30k miles. The manual says every 60k. It's too bad there isn't some kind of a retro-fit available to cure this problem.
I do mostly 2 lane highway driving with probably 15% of miles towing. Prices are set by market conditions. Step 3 - Visually check transmission fluid quality Make sure your vehicle is parked on a level surface and pull out the dipstick. I have a question on the tranny fluid change I hope you can help me with. Vehicle has a non-serviceable transmission cooler. Notice the E on both models it stands for Electronic.
You'll want to test the fluid while it's warm if your truck is in driveable condition. Then drive another mile or so to be sure the transmission is up to temperature too. I knew I should have just kept my 1985 F-250. Apparently my shop cannot do the job because of the thermostatically controled oil cooler? It should be either bright red, or in some cases, nearly clear. Hopefully you pulled through that parking spot! You can't look at pricing one truck at a time. Heat is a killer on automatic trans fluid and when we lived in the desert area, I changed the trans fluid at the end of summer every year.
Found it difficult to understand how a Ford dealership would not have one of these machines. Don't know what I was thinking springing for a new truck. If the truck has recently been in use, the engine will be warm and could possibly cause a minor burn. I recommend you follow the severe use schedule if you want this truck to last a long time. Heated the engine up and all of them came out real easy. Your dipstick will have both cold and hot level indicators. It seems like all of the dealerships that are left in my area are really pumping the market in repair cost.
It always amazes me as to why engineers make things more difficult than they have to be. You can check when it's cold, but transmission fluid will expand with heat, making the warmer reading a more accurate one. Regards, Gordo Well Mark, thought I would throw it out there for your opinion. That's not how it works in mass production. To get the transmission up to the correct temperature, drive around until the engine is warm. .
There is no torque converter drain plug. Have you tried to shift your Super Duty into gear but it just won't budge? Look at both the color and the consistency of the fluid. I called a local Ford dealership, there are three in my area and all owned by the same family, to ask about a spark plug change. Pro Tip Before you decide to fill up on transmission fluid, make sure you're checking while the transmission is up to temperature. Regards, Gordo Mark: Again, thank you for the response.
In regards to filters, oem is fine, but I typically use Wix. Damage to the… it depends on what engine you have in each vehicle,some birds with a big 8 cyl used a c6 trans,but if you had a small block i;e 302 there most likely used a c4 trans,f150 with a 302 used a c6 and a c4 trans,if truck is inline six it has more likely a c4,but a c6 will also go there. It looks like a bright yellow ring. It's also the first thing your should check if the transmission is misbehaving. Your transmission fluid should be in this range when cold. Or, What type of machine is utilized to accomplish the exchange? Please call for customer service and availability at 1-877-866-8372 ex. Guess I'll just have to call around and find a shop that has one that heats the tranny fluid.
If not, check out our step by step guide on how to diagnose and. Is your Super Duty suddenly and stubbornly refusing to go into reverse? However, newer truck models with the 6R80 will have a hidden dipstick located on the actual transmission body. In regards to trans oil, both in sticks and autos I have always used Valvoline. Can't see any screws holding it in place, probably just snaps into place, but I know those plastic snaps can be a pain breaking them if you're not careful. Vehicle has a non-serviceable transmission cooler.