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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedoZX3
    I pulled up suggested maint. on the ford website, and oddly enough, through 150k it never suggests to change the Tranny fluid.

    Yeah,and spark plugs now last to 100,000 miles.Change it at 30K to be safe.
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Out of curiosity, where does one dispose of Transmission fluid? Is it similar to oil exchanges? Thats pretty much the only thing that holds me back from doing any sort of fluid changes on my car, is what to do with the old fluids...
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Quote Originally Posted by guitarseth
    Out of curiosity, where does one dispose of Transmission fluid? Is it similar to oil exchanges? Thats pretty much the only thing that holds me back from doing any sort of fluid changes on my car, is what to do with the old fluids...

    Pour the old tranny or engine oil back into the new bottles of oil once you use them and just take it to your local DPW.The one by my old house in NJ let me
    just pour it into an inground oil tank by myself.Don't know what other towns have tho.

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Strictly speaking you don't ever need to change it. Leaving the original fluid in there won't destroy your tranny. Changing the fluid may make the tranny last longer, though, and it will make it shift smoother.

    Every 30k is excessive unless you are really abusing the car. I'd suggest every 60k, but even every 100k is ok. (ditto spark plugs) The "every 30k" guys are probably trying to sell you something or are used to old cars that needed a lot of maintenance.
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    I would only use the Motorcraft XT-M5-QS or that GM stuff. Dont use ATF, the books says to but there was a TSB saying to switch to the XT-M5-QS. Fordpartsonline.com has it cheap. I always just use 2 quarts and have had no problems, 103k on the clock.
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Quote Originally Posted by uujjj
    Strictly speaking you don't ever need to change it. Leaving the original fluid in there won't destroy your tranny. Changing the fluid may make the tranny last longer, though, and it will make it shift smoother.

    Every 30k is excessive unless you are really abusing the car. I'd suggest every 60k, but even every 100k is ok. (ditto spark plugs) The "every 30k" guys are probably trying to sell you something or are used to old cars that needed a lot of maintenance.
    Were only saying do the 30K thing,just to be safe.The manual says to do this
    for "Severe Driving Situations".Sometimes it's just better to be safe than sorry
    especially if this is your only means of transportation.

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    i would never put atf in the focus manual trans,you'll end up replacing it long before its due. the ford manual trans fluid is a synthetic 75w90. its sold at walmart ,advance auto, and alot of other places.

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Quote Originally Posted by theblackfocuszx3
    i would never put atf in the focus manual trans,you'll end up replacing it long before its due. the ford manual trans fluid is a synthetic 75w90. its sold at walmart ,advance auto, and alot of other places.
    If your trans blows and your using anything but the recommended fluid,you'll be
    sorry when they don't honor it under warranty.Or so the story goes.

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Use the Motorcraft XT-M5-QS rock!! i tried redline aslo but Motocraft far much better. Just use 2qt. I have 160.000miles focus and i shift it like new tranny. Believe me,,,,,
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    One word, XT-M5-QS! IIRC, it's the only fluid Ford recommends for use in the MTX-75, (Cougars, Contours, Mystiques, Escapes etc. included). The guy at the dealership parts-counter showed me an official Ford fluid book and the MTX-75 was the only gearbox that required this special formulation. It is pricey at the dealer, but well worth the expense. It drasticly reduced my gear roll-over noise and greatly improved shift quality. It's A+ in my book.
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Is the XT-M5-QS the one with the additional friction in it to help the diff lock up better?
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Quote Originally Posted by jinstall
    Is the XT-M5-QS the one with the additional friction in it to help the diff lock up better?
    XT-M5-QS is the Motorcraft Fully Synthetic Manual Transmission Fluid. The friction modifier is a separate product that is recommended for use with limited-slip diffs, but I wouldn't use it in a tranny that has a conventional open diff.

    XT-M5-QS is great stuff, and it's the only thing I'll use in my MTX-75.

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    I don't believe the Focus' MTX-75 requires the friction modifier. I heard that stuff is actually harmful as it hampers the syncros' ability to do their collective jobs (a task that actually requires friction). I'd stay away from it.
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    The friction modifier worked wonders in the rear diff. on my old Mustang.The
    clutch packs in the limited slip diff. were binding and that stuff cleared it up
    right away.The car would practically hop as it turned.It's only good for limited
    slip differentials,not manual trannys.

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Is the XT-M5-QS Ford fluid come from factory in the MTX-75.

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