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Old 01-29-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Flushing Money

Anyone recall what they last paid to have their friendly, local Ford dealer flush their transmission? I guess they use a machine that cleans out everything including the torque converter and cooler--that true?

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Old 01-29-2013, 04:04 PM   #2
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Re: Flushing Money

I had my budies shop do mine that way. Did the Filter which was pricy but the fluid was beau coup bucks.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:54 PM   #3
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Re: Flushing Money

My friendly local shop has a mechine that flushes the tranny. It's one of the first things I have done when I buy a used vehicle. They keep flushing fluid through the system till it cleans out. Don't remember how much it costs but I'd rather pay the money to flush instead of rebuild in a couple thousand miles.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:16 PM   #4
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Re: Flushing Money

I just drain the pan and refill and replace the filter every 30K.

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Re: Flushing Money

You can accomplish the exact same thing by aiming the trans cooler hose into a 5-gallon bucket. Start the van to pump about 6 qts (it comes out quick!), turn off and add 6 qts to the dipstick, and repeat 2 more times. That will effectively exchange out all the fluid, and really does it in same fashion as the diaphram machine at the Ford dealers. Stay away from high-pressure or reverse flush machines (these can blow out seals), especially from ATF recycling machines (you end up getting some of every type of ATF back in your rig).

Dropping the pan is nice you see what in the bottom. But at the same time maybe you don't want to know. Last time my pan was dropped was 175,000 miles ago. Since then I've done the bucket thing twice, once for 6-qts and finally did a full 18-qt exchange not too long ago.
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Re: Flushing Money

I had mine done at a Jiffy-Lube-type place for $89.
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