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    Default Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    How often are you supposed to get your gear oil changed out for your manual transmission? I was talking to a mechanic today who said in a manual ford you never need it changed unless you do tranny work, and one I talked to a few weeks ago said get it changed at 30k. So I'm at about 31k now, and... what do I do?

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    I have always heard about 30k. I am doing mine this weekend. of course I do not have the best track record with ford transmissions. so I am hoping every little bit helps. by the by if you get the fluid from ford it will probably be $20 a quart. luckly you only need 2.
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    So it's a good idea to change at 30k?

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    30k is a great time to change it.
    The sooner, the better.

    Motorcraft XT-M5-QS is good good stuff....

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    I've heard changing it in a manual is a pain in the ass... would it be better to take it in? And, to who? Dealers are usually way expensive... who else does it?

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

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

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Yea, trust me, you'd want to change the tranny fluid if you drive your car hard.
    Walter Marcy suggests changing the tranny fluid in the mtx75 at 30,000 miles.

    I asked him If i was due at 50K miles, and he told me I was 20K overdue... so yea...
    To put this off for 150,000 miles is just retarded In my opinion.

    Changing the fluid isn't any harder than changing the oil for the car.
    I used a valve attached to a hose that screws onto any ATF/tranny fluid bottle.

    Stick the end of the tube in the oil fill plug located on the front of the tranny, halfway up. flip the bottle upside-down, then release the valve. Repeat for the 2nd bottle.

    The drain plug is at the bottom, obviously.

    You can do it yourself, the only thing that sucks is transporting the fluid in your car for disposal. Pouring it down the drain or gutter isn't very cool...

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    The drain and fill plugs have a specific torque setting, if you do this, I suggest you torque them back on correctly. IIRC, it was 33ft-lbs...but that sounds high for some reason. Check before using those numbers
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    I made a bong to fill my trans with...
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedoZX3
    I've heard changing it in a manual is a pain in the ass... would it be better to take it in? And, to who? Dealers are usually way expensive... who else does it?
    Changing the tranny fluid is as easy as changing the oil.

    I believe an 8mm allen wrench will work for the fill and drain plugs.

    1. Make sure you can remove the refill bolt first.
    Don't remove the drain bolt until you can remove the fill plug or you may drain the fluid and then be stuck high & dry if you can't remove the fill plug.

    2. After the fill plug has been removed, remove the drain plug.

    3. Let it drain for 15-20 minutes to the fluid drip out as much as possible.

    4. Install drain plug and use a long(15in or longer) bendable funnel to get to the fill plug and fill fluid.

    *It takes about a little over 2 quarts to fill.


    Also, may car came with Motorcraft XT-M5-QS and it always felt notchy when shifting from day one.

    I changed the fluid to Amsoil Synthetic ATF and it's much smoother.

    Here's some pics that might be helfpul.

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    Pic of funnel inserted in the fill plug from engine bay



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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    cakewalk. hell, the hardest part for me was finding the damn drain plug!!!

    also, i highly recommend Royal Purple Synchromesh if you can find it. i've used it in a few vehicles with very good results!!

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    You guys rock. Thanks! Does it need to be on a lift or will ramps do the trick?

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Looking at the position of the drain plug, it being on ramps should not impact it much. However, measure the amount of fluid you get out...if it is way off the capacity of 2.1qts, level the car by jacking up the rear.

    If you use a jack instead of ramps, you could just low the car back to the ground after you open the drain plug.


    (you won't get all the old fluid out, but you should get most)
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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    Pzev, how is MTL-P?

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    Default Re: Manual Transmission - Fluid change?

    I have not been able to order it, as Specialty Formulations is not taking any orders till the 5th of July. I guess they are all on vacation

    And I am going with MTL-R, as it more closely matches the viscosity of the Ford Honey. (Although, MTL-P is really tempting because of all the good reports with it)
    "Guns don't kill people, physics does!"

    "take a can of WD-40 and spray a SMALL amount ONLY A SMALL amount on the pads and bam the noise is gone and the breaks work just like new..."


 
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