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I bought a 94 Escort in 94, never really checked the AT fluid level that close, I had a small leak on one of the front access plugs so I fixed that by tighting it up, then went to check the fluid level, checked it several times, its well above where it should be. When checking it cold, the fluid is over and above the hot mark, when checking it hot, after shifting through the gears and putting it in park, its over the twist in on the dip stick, if I put the dipstick in the filler hole, and just put it in up to the rubber stopper, so the dipstick is about 3/4 inch from being seated, the correct level shows up. I never had a problem with foaming or the fluid commng out of the filler or anything like that, just got back from a 4000 mile trip with out a problem. I am assuming the dealer topped it off and over filled it, there is no coolant or any other liquid changing the level, all that is fine. Here is the question, who makes a siphone pump that I can use to suck out the TF I dont need? I dont want to crack the seal on the pan to blead off the oil, I only have 27,000 miles on the car. Is there a way to blead off excess transmission oil by some other means, the 94s dont have a transmission drain plug, that came out later.
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Joe
 

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I have a 93 and it has a drain plug. It's a huge bolt, over 20mm. I forget the exact size. I have had my Escort for over 7 years now and it has always been overfilled like you describe yours and I have had no problems with it.
 

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Go into any auto parts store, look in the lubricants and grease section, or the tools section. they should sell a pump that will work. I got one that is red, and looks kindof like a small bike puma. it had an assortment of hoses with it too. That should work. If the fluid you pull out is dark in any way, or smells burnt, you should probably get it changed anyway.
 

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Thank you for the tip on the parts store, I have seen some pumps on ebay but didnt want to buy them because I want to take care of the problem in the next couple of days.
I WAS going to change the AT fluid and filter, as its close to 30 K, but the last time I changed Transmisson in another car my self, I got fluid all over my self andI dumped five quarts all over my garage floor, half went on my arm, nice and warm too... Missed the drain pan even though I though I had it centered, and if you take it some place to get it changed, all you get back is a twisted up mashed oil pan from some guy torking the bolts way off the scale. So Ill burn my arm up and do it my self. Most cars I have owned have gone 100K befor I chaged the transmissoin oil, guess its because I drive tons of hwy miles and give it light service. It seems like once you change the AT fluid, thats when the problems begin, but I bet anything its because of people leaving rags or sand in the pan or something. Any way, in my case, the fluid is clean and no problem with it, I did go ahead and buy the filter and a case of fluid in case the leak was the pan gasket, but it turned out it wasnt so Ill leave it go for a while. Anybody out there change AT fluid/filter every 30 K? n a regular basis?
 

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There is a way to siphon it for free, but it might be kind of a "backwoods" method to some. If you have a small but long hose, you could siphon it out by sticking the end in the tranny and sucking on the other end. (As if you were "borrowing" some gas.....except that I know noone on this site knows what that is all about.....right?) Once you taste oil, spit it out, put the end you had in your mouth as low to the ground as you can get it (this lets gravity help you out a bit) and the natural vacuum that you've created should pull the rest out. If you let it drain into a small bucket (or even a large measuring cup) then you'll know how much you've taken out. I know it means that you might have to taste some transmission fluid, but if you spit it out, it won't hurt you and it was free or VERY cheap (if you have no hose). However, if you think you might use the pump for other things, you could also try checking a plumbing supply house. They will most likely have all sizes and types of pumps. (That's just a guess on my part, but I was a plumber's assistant for one summer during high school and it seems reasonable.) Well, hope I've helped. Good luck.
 

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I would go ahead an just change the fluid and filter and make sure to fill it to the correct level. If you are having problems, it may be that you need a filter and fluid change. Easiest and cheapest way to go.
 

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Yeah that guy's right about the whole do-it-yourself thing... :\ I don't know about trannies, I've never changed the fluid in either of our manual cars, but then again, I've been told manual transmissions shouldn't really need it unless you're grinding off pieces of the gears or something. :\ Anyways the only car we take to the shop to get routine stuff done on is our Saturn. They SAY you're supposed to be able to work on them yourself, but the damn thing is like 2" off the ground, I swear, you can't even get it up on the ramps without scraping the bumper, so it's worth the 40 bucks the saturn dealer charges to change it. They don't bitch and moan and try to sell me extra stuff when I take it in, either. o_O; I took my dad's truck to a Jiffylube, once, when I first got my license, and they practically tried to sell me a whole new F-150 and claimed his tranny was shot - that was at 80k, the truck now has 140k on it and still runs fine. >_<; Anyways, yeah, anybody know how often you're /actually/ supposed to change the fluid on a manual tranny? Because I've never done it. -.-;
 

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I don't have an auto, so this may be useless.

Are you sure there's no drain plug? I hope you're not going by what the Hayne's manual says: in one section it claims there are no drain plugs for the 1991-1996 standards but my 91 LX manual has one similar to what DAPSi said.

In fact, the Hayne's manual in one section claims there isn't a drain plug for the standard but in a separate section says there is one. Don't believe everything you read.

You've been under there for the tranny fluid before, so I'm sure you know.
 
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