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I have a 1999 mercury cougar with a 2.5 automatic. I would like to know where the trans. filter is, and how many quarts it holds on a fluid/ filter change. Also where is the diagnostic port to hook up a code reader?

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Only vehicles from 2005 have a OBDII connector ,as for the gearbox the filter is inside the sump of the gearbox ,Now the amount of oil it needs should be about 3.7 litres but if the oil is clean then do not change it as its only hydraulic oil and doesnt get effected by the combustion of the engine so therefore it doesnt deteriorate unless a brake band is worn and breaking up in which case its a gearbox out job to repair anyway .All modern cars do not even have a dipstick facility ,its a dealer only job or so they say ,i make my own ?? not difficult .

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  • ahanix Nov 28, 2010

    >Only vehicles from 2005 have an OBD-II connector
    What on earth are you talking about? OBD-II has been legally mandated since 1996. The connector is directly under the steering column by the driver's knees.
    >If it's clean, don't change it
    Fluids still break down over time. Change it at the manufacturer recommended interval. A $200 change is still miles cheaper than a $2000 rebuild.

    As far as filters, they're always in the transmission and you'd have to drop that belly pan.
    Most vehicles still have a dipstick tube because why should they make it more difficult for their techs to refill the transmission? If they make the flush/fill process unnecessarily complicated, all that means is they have to pay their service workers for that much more work.

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    Colin Stickland Nov 28, 2010

    remember iam in europe where OBDII has only been compulsory since 2005 ,and when you do find an older model its difficult to read because of encrypted software ,as for new ones well the course i have just done for vehicle diagnostics is using a scope and a special vehicle diagnostis meter called a polimetro because as the vehicles are encrypted you cannot read the software and on a lot of vehicles if you do try connecting it shuts the car down as it brings on the immobilisor and thows up fault number whatever as unauthorised access ,so any fault like a misfire has to be found using a scope ,or this meter which can read frequency ,and dwell as well as volts and miliamps .As for auto boxes well they are only hydraulic pumps at the end of the day and unless a brake band has started to break down leave well alone ,also on certain cars like the mercs and BMW ect any attempt to drop the transmission fluid will throw on a sensor which brings the vehicle immobilisor into play ,same as the engine oil drop the engine oil and the immobilisor comes on ,NEW mercs have the bonnet sealed and only the dealers have the software to make them open and with a heavy shroud around the catch its impossible to open them from under neath ,as for repairing a autobox then where do i get the spares as no dealer sells autobox spares only a recon gearbox complete ,now you know why i recomend that if it works leave well alone .

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