Question about 1997 Ford Explorer AWD
Fluid & Filter Change
Under normal service (moderate highway driving excluding excessive hot or cold conditions), the manufacturer feels that automatic transmission fluid should not need periodic changing. However, if a major service is performed to the transmission, if transmission fluid becomes burnt or discolored through severe usage or if the vehicle is subjected to constant stop-and-go driving in hot weather, trailer towing, long periods of highway use at high speeds, fluid should be changed to prevent transmission damage. A preventive maintenance change is therefore recommended for most vehicles at least every 90,000 miles (145,000 km).
Although not a required service, transmission fluid changing can help assure a trouble-free transmission. Likewise, changing the transmission filter at this time is also added insurance.
Before removing the transmission fluid pan, insure that the area is clean of dirt and debris
2. Place a large drain pan under the transmission.
Loosen all of the pan attaching bolts to within a few turns of complete removal
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Clean the pan thoroughly with a safe solvent and allow it to air dry
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Remove the filter mounting bolt ...
... then pull the filter free from the transmission
6. If necessary, remove the Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) filter mounting bolts, then remove the filter by pulling it down aneed to change the transmission filter how and - 50f9d74.gifhe valve body. Make sure any gaskets or seals are removed with the old filter. The transmission usually has one round seal and a rectangular gasket.
7. Install the new oil filter screen making sure all gaskets or seals are in planeed to change the transmission filter how and - 34bd906.gifcure using the retaining screws, if applicable.
Install a new pan gasket
8. Place a new gasket on the fluid pan, then install the pan to the transmission. Tighten the attaching bolts to 71-119 inch lbs. (8-13 Nm).
Fill the transmission with the proper amount of ATF
9. Add three quarts (six quarts if the torque converter was drained) of fluid to the transmission through the filler tube.
10. Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the vehicle.
11. Start the engine and move the gear selector through all gears in the shift pattern. Allow the engine to reach normal operating temperature.
12. Check the transmission fluid level. Add fluid, as necessary, to obtain the correct level.
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