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Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:40 am
by acdcking12
So I have a 2011 Taurus limited. I have had it about 2.5 years. I bought it with 9K miles. It now has 33,000 roughly. No issues with it. But I always worry about transmission fluid changes.

I talked to one dealer and they said 60K, and another dealer closer to me said 40K.

So do I wait or do I have it done? And will it matter if I do it early?

They each wanted $250 to do it so there is no price difference between the 2. So what would you guys do?

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:39 am
by Webmaster
Look in your owners manual/scheduled maintenance guide. Dealers suggest all kinds of things because their primary job is to extract as much money from you as possible when you visit.

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:45 pm
by webbrook
At 60k i would do it myself in the driveway , drain 5 quarts and put 5 quarts back in and drive it for another 1k and do it all over again. Alot cheaper than $250

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:29 pm
by bartives
With these transmission the recommended fluid change is every 30,000 miles. If you don't do the tranny fluid change frequently you will have transmission issues. Use Mecon LV as recommended. Get 12 quarts, drain 4, refill 4, drive for several miles, repeat, then repeat. Mecon LV on Amazon 12 quarts for $72.00 cheapest I found. Check on Utybe for the 6F50 transmission or giggle it.

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:30 am
by mope
And the trans filters aren't serviceable. Drain/refill only.......I'd never recommend mechanical flushing

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:27 pm
by smitty79
40k miles. Use the Motorcraft and drain/fill and repeat after 1k. Mine took exactly 5 quarts each time.

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 7:23 am
by glen33
OK, so how do you change it? Pull the pan or is there a drain plug?

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:52 pm
by smitty79
A drain plug. 11mm iirc..

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 6:09 pm
by glen33
Thanks, that makes it easier.

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:21 am
by acdcking12
I went ahead and had mine down at the dealership. The shifting is very smooth now and I am glad it got done. They told me that the tranny has 2 lines above it that they connect into to do the transfer.

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:47 pm
by mope
acdcking12 wrote:
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:21 am
They told me that the tranny has 2 lines above it that they connect into to do the transfer.

Sounds like a power flush - again, I would NOT recommend doing this on a non-serviceable tranny.

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:51 pm
by acdcking12
I asked them about it and they said that for this tranny, it was specifically configured for a power flush. But they did emphasize that it was recommended for my specific model and type of tranny. I went along with it.

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:51 pm
by acdcking12
What do you not like about them?

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:20 pm
by mope
I'd send you out to look at all the warnings about power flushes, but you'd probably not feel too good about yours having been done afterward.

A number of us recommended the drain/flush/fill and you went the other way. No sense spending a bunch of time expounding if you're not listening.

Re: Real help with my transmission fluid

Posted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:06 am
by acdcking12
Then I apologize for wasting your time then.