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How many quarts of transmission fluid does a 1990 ford e4od and its torque converter hold?

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    stephen bruno Jul 17, 2010

    Thanks on the 18th quart now.

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16 quarts for F-Series 4x2 ,15.5 for F-Series 4x4,and Econline,and 13.5 for Bronco.These are total capacity including fluid in the torque coverter. The pan holds 4/4.

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