2005 Ford Focus 2.0, auto trans and 7 quarts
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    Default 2005 Ford Focus 2.0, auto trans and 7 quarts

    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
    Auto trans
    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.

    Thanks, and thanks for having me!

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    Default Re: 2005 Ford Focus 2.0, auto trans and 7 quarts

    Who told you to add 7 quarts?
    Pretty sure it's 3.5 - 4 max.

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    Default Re: 2005 Ford Focus 2.0, auto trans and 7 quarts

    Pretty sure that's manual transmission fluid amount.

    All sources I've seen say 7 quarts.

    Ive read a few things that say that dropping the pan and filter do not let all of the fluid out.

    /edit: ah yes, that seems to be it. The videos I watched did not mention this fact.
    I guess a little more siphon pump is required.
    Last edited by Flying_Dodo; Feb 10, 2017 at 9:40 AM.

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    Default Re: 2005 Ford Focus 2.0, auto trans and 7 quarts

    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.

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    Default Re: 2005 Ford Focus 2.0, auto trans and 7 quarts

    Quote Originally Posted by toofast306 View Post
    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.

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    Default Re: 2005 Ford Focus 2.0, auto trans and 7 quarts

    7 quarts is a total ATX fill but you can only drain roughly 4 quarts from the pan, the rest stays in the torque convertor.

    You surely know that with ATX the engine must be at idle running in park to check level, or it will be miles too high.


 

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