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How to change transmission oil on ford explorer 2004

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This can be a bit tricky. My first advise would be to have a Quick change old station do this for you. But if you want to do this your self. You will need a large pan, say 3 to 4 inch deep. Turkey pans from a grocery store will work in a pinch, (cheep too). You will need 4-5 qts trans fluid for your car, please use the recommended fluid for your trans. check the owners manual. You need a new filter and trans pan gasket. You will make a mess, so prepare, get some rags and hand cleaner use gloves and even get some sort of mat for the driveway. Now start taking the trans bolts loose leaving the front two and rear two corners in place till last. You can drain out the pan front or back its up to you which ever you want. Once you have the majority of your pan bolts out. You can loosen the front corner bolts and the rear corner bolts use a screw driver and break the pan seal loose over your drain pan, try a corner first but its hard to do just a corner for a controlled drain. Most time it just starts and you have to try and catch what you can. As it drains down, loosen the bolts more to open the drain. Once it has drained all but the bottom of the pan, you can remove all bolts and the pan on to the mat. and see the filter. Clean the bottom of the pan. pull the filter, and install the new one. New gasket, reinstall pan tighten the bolts going opposite around the pan, one side then the other. Using a good funnel start pouring in the new fluid and stoping when the full mark is right, your done.

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