Hey folks, new here, but have perused this forum before for answers to my questions.
Can't find this one anywhere, so here's background and question.
2005 ford focus zx5
2.0 duratec or whatever it's called
110k miles when I bought it, now at 152k
recently started shifting a little weird, so I checked the trans fluid and holy moly, looked way overfull.
Finally got a chance to change the fluid and filter today, and went for it.
Everything goes back in A-OK, pour in the 7 quarts (6.7ish litres), check level, and wow, still overfull!
Drive to the store to get a siphon pump, and I know driving with an overfull transmission si bad, but hell, I'd been doing it for apparently a year and a half.
Drove great, was shifting well.
So I get home, use the siphon pump and pull out as much as I can, near a quart.
Still showing overfull, so I grab some fishing tube, and push it down there while sucking on it to measure just how high the fluid is and where it shows up on the dipstick by comparing length of where suction starts to the dipstick.
About an inch too high.
Go out to drive it, and it's shifting kinda dodgy again.
So, there's only 3 scenarios I can think of.
1.) My transmission doesnt take 7 quarts (seems unlikely)
2.) I wasn't able to let all the old transmission fluid out, despite letting it sit for about 45 minutes with the pan and filter off (I guess it's possible, maybe I missed a step for getting it all out)
3.) I have the wrong dipstick (this seems more and more likely, considering I've been driving for 1.5 yearsand about 40k miles with it at its current level without blowing a seal)
Can anyone do me a favor and measure their dipstick for me so I can compare?
Or if you have other thoughts, that would be cool too.
Your first post says "auto" and the post above says "manual"; I'm confused.
The few times I drained and filled my auto trans was about 3 qts.
I referred to manual when you said 3 to 4 quarts. I believe thats the fill for manuals.
When not referring to your post, I stated I had an automatic, and that every source Ive read reads 7 quarts total for auto trans.