Question about 2002 Mercury Mountaineer
I need to find out how long it takes to take apart a transmission. Per the shop I have my 2002 mercury mountaineer it took them 3.5 hours and the warranty company says they go by the National Labor Repair Manual and that it says it only takes 2 hours. Can you please tell me how long it takes and how to find this manual?
Remove & replace the trans is probably about 4 to 5 hours alone.
to overhaul, it's easily 3.5 hours.
Ford publishes Service Labor Time Standards and other companies do inflate them some for their manuals because Ford techs only work on Fords and know all the ins and outs to repair them. Outside garages work on all models and never get that familiar with just one model. They do charge less/hour than a dealership so it kind of washes out.
Posted on Jan 12, 2009
my 2003 awd is a maintainence free trans it uses mercon v trans fluid you need a special pump to change the fluid i have to take it to a transmission shop to have the trans fluid replaced. no dip stick.
Posted on Jul 11, 2009
Before you do this you might want to try fresh gear lube. On Ford products they use a synthetic additive in the rear and not in the front 4x4 axle.
The next thing would be to determine if it is a wheel bearing or a pinion bearing. You have to pull the axles and eliminate them as the problem. You might get lucky and not need to do the pinion.
The technical part of shimming the pinion gears with replacing the pinion bearing is about the worst part of the job. You won't know about the gears until you see them. You will need extra shims on hand.
It is a moderate job for two people. If you have all the parts it can be done in a day.
Posted on Aug 23, 2009
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The best way to change it is to flush it out You can do it yourself, but I do not recommend. A shop that is good like a Monro or Firestone usually charges about 100 bucks to flush and that includes the fluid. If you do it yourself, you will save about 60 dollars, but you risk damage to your radiator.
you will need a hose and an adapter. you back out the lower, or upper cooler line for your trans, whichever is the easiest to get to, (Some trucks have an auxiliary engine oil cooler, but make sure you are flushing the trans lines) put the adapter into the rad where you removed the line, and put a hose from each one down into a bucket. Have about 14 qt's of ford trans fluid ready. Put the funnel into the trans dip stick, and start the engine. pour the qts into the dipstick tube while the old fluid is pumped into the bucket. When you have about two gallons pumped into the bucket shut the engine off and reattach the line into the radiator. start up the engine and check your level. Fill with additional fluid if needed.
note: some say you should drop the pan. two things, you only change half the fluid when you do it that way, and second if you need to change the filter because it is clogged, it is too late for the transmission. The filter is only there to protect the valve body, not keep the fluid clean.
Hope this helps
Posted on Nov 22, 2009
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It shouldn't take more than a couple of hours, 3 or 4 at the most, to disassemble the transmission. Sounds a bit expensive for just taking it apart. I would check some other places.
Posted on Nov 12, 2010
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Check the certification of the mechanic that does the work. I've worked somewhere that is ASE certified. Giant "ASE certified" sign, 9 mechanics, ONE was certified.
Posted on Mar 06, 2011
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