Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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Success and Done!
Just an update here..I finally finished my trans fluid flush/change following the instructions at the beginning of this thread. I went from the old Mercon fluid that had been in there for about 28,000 miles or so, and changed it all over to Mobil 1 sythetic ATF. Here are some observations that might help others in the future:
1. I premarked my drain buckets with quart increments so that I would know how much fluid I was pumping out each time, and when to turn the truck off. This helped a lot. And along those lines, have plenty of them to pour the fluid into, etc.
2. I changed the Magnefine filter BEFORE doing the fluid change so as to not lose any of my expensive Mobil 1 Synthetic fluid after the fact. Turns out very minimal fluid loss for magnefine filter change. Also, I did open the magnefine up, and found that it was not very dirty at all, and no chunks of anything, etc. Very happy about that.
3. Of 20 quarts of Mobil 1 Sythetic ATF, I ended up with just 1/2 quart left over after the flush, fill and top off.
My truck has always had, for lack of a better way of describing it....a "shudder" when starting off in first gear always. After the fluid change, I was happy to see that this "shudder" is now extremely minimized and might even be gone completely. Everything else seems about the same. Haven't towed with it yet. Took me about 1 hour (not including the magnefine, which took an hour by itself as I have to remove my lower front bumper guard to get to it) from start to finish with my wife helping me in the drivers seat.
Thanks for all the tips and help!
2001 F350 Lariat PSD, 4x4, 4DR CC SB, purchased 2/27/07. Ford AIS intake with Fender Sleeve (added 4/2/07), ZooDad mod (7/14/07), Pillar Gauges (ISSPRO) EGT, Trans Temp and Boost (added 3/21/07), Dynomax 4" turbo back exhaust (added 3/9/07), 2 inch leveling kit, 285/70-17 Toyo Open Country II's, Huskyliner floor mats, Rear Airbags, TopDeck Tonneau Cover (added 4/3/07), Excursion "Hush Panels" under the dashboard. Factory Forged Rods, 25 row 6.0 Trans Cooler upgrade, added 8/27/09. Bushwacker Pocket Style Fender Flares and chrome door handles/mirrors (4/2014), DP-Tuner w/60TowHeavy, Decel, 80TowLight, 80Daily, 80DailyMountains and 120hpRace installed 5/15/2014.