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Old 08-17-2007, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is the external transmission filter...

Something that is going to dump 1/2 gallon fluid on me when i open the cap? Ive never done it before, and was going to do my 30k tranmission service...drain pain, refill, and replace trans filter.
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I did mine with a friend who has a shop last weekend and very little was left in the system after we had removed and cleaned the pan. Maybe a soda cans worth? Sucker holds a lot of fluid...
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Re: Is the external transmission filter...

Im just talking about the external one.....the pan ain't goin' anywhere.
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Just put a catch pan underneath and unscrew it. Maybe a few ounces is all that will come out unless you dump the canister and filter.
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Re: Is the external transmission filter...

No. Just a couple ounces, if that. I found some instructions somewhere - maybe Dieselmann's site or Ford Doc?
Oh, and eat your Wheaties before you try to unscrew that thing.
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Wheaties before you try to unscrew that thing.

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thats what i hear. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Is the external transmission filter...

soak the new one in clean fluid also when you do it. and then you may need to add 4 to 8 ozs ..
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Re: Is the external transmission filter...

Drained my pan and changed my external filter last night. Like everyone has said... a few ounces out of the cannister, just be sure not to spill it. Total fluid out of pan and filter was 8.5 quarts. Here is a link for a flush but there is all the info. needed for a drain and filter replacement as well.
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I found when I first loosened mine that the appropriate sized wrench and a quick tap on it with a hammer loosened the cover right up. No bending, breaking or foul words (or odors for that matter)! Now it comes off easily because I don't overtighten it when I reinstall it.
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I changed mine yesterday. It didn't drop too much fluid, and I had a catch pan ready. I did drain the pan first. The remote filter cover looks like it was cross threaded of overtightened from the factory. The threads were totally boogered up. I spent about a half hour cleaning mangled aluminum from the threads and making sure they were workign properly. Then I replaced the filter with a new NAPA Gold filter and reinstalled the cover with a little grease on the threads to prevent further galling. I torqued it to the spec'd 37 lbs/ft then went just a hair tighter because I figure that the added interference from the not-quite-right threads probably threw off the wrench reading a little.

I also replaced the pan filter at the same time. It's probably overkill, but I figure that I'm being harder on the trans with the tuner and such, so a little extra maintenence isn't a bad idea. The pan was easy to pull and replace. Having a drain plug is very nice indeed. I only ended up with a small amount of fluid in my hair, instead of bathing in it like I've done on other vehicles.

BTW, aside from a very small amount of metal on the pan magnet everything was totally clean. I figure for 25,000 miles that was damn good.
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Re: Is the external transmission filter...

Is there some sort of gasket on the pan? I need to pull my pan and change the internal filter soon.

I changed the external filter the other day for the first time. I had the trans flushed at the dealer at 30K and asked them to also change the external filter. Two different SAs swore up and down that the external filter change was not required yet...even after I showed them the owner's manual. My truck has not been back to them since. At any rate, I just got around to changing the external filter myself and it was really easy. It took a 7/8" socket and not all that much force to get it off. FWIW, the filter was nasty and the fluid inside the canister was very dirty as well. I've got about 45K on it now and plan to drain the pan, change the internal and external filters soon. I might even get really energetic and attempt the flush procedure myself.
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Is there some sort of gasket on the pan?

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Yes, there is. It is reusable and much better than the gasket that usually comes with a new filter.
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Re: Is the external transmission filter...

I changed my fluid & external filter today & had no problems using a regular sized rachet wrench & the 22mm socket for the filter. I wonder if all the guys that said it was tight & hard to remove tried to do it cold. I also put some pipe dope on the threads to eliminate any future problems, but grease or Vasiline would do just as well.
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