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Can i change transmission fluid without drooping the pan?

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  • jmcoll Aug 20, 2010

    its a 2004 ford freesatr 3.9



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HI. All vehicle specifications are different. With that said; I will need your year,model and engine type. This information will insure that i post the correct information needed to guide you correctly.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010

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    Michael Masters Aug 20, 2010

    Thank you for that information; One moment please..

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    Michael Masters Aug 20, 2010

    Ok, you will need to drop the pan to reach the cartridge filter. It is located inside the pan. The gasket must be replaced as well. If you are planning to flush the transmission, you will need the flushing machine.

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    Michael Masters Aug 20, 2010


  • Michael Masters
    Michael Masters Aug 20, 2010

    To answer your question; You will need to drop the pan to achieve result.



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STEP 1 Jack up the front of the car and put jack stands under it for your safety or use car ramps.

STEP 2 Lay down under the car looking at the transmission pan,you should see about 12-17 bolts,these bolts should be 10mm in diameter.

STEP 3 Have a drain pan that will hold a gallon or two of fluid ready,taking out the back bolts put the drain pan under the tranmission pan and start loosening the bolts along both sides,the fluid should start leaking out.

STEP 4. You can control how fast the fluid comes out by loosening the remainder bolts.when the fluid is just a drip push up on the transmission pan and remove the rest of the bolts.

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2. Place a large drain pan under the transmission.

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