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How-To: Change transmission oil.. the easy way!

Discussion in 'Drivetrains' started by nightfire, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. Etienne

    Etienne Guest

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    the screws holding my VSS in are badly damaged, the VSS is quite secure, but it aint never ever coming off... knock on wood that I never need to replace it...

    when I drained my tranny fluid, I then took off the cap from that little breather hole that's about 1/16th inch... had my girlfrined bring me back a huge a$$ seringe from the hosppital she works at and I patiently filled my tranny with a seringe.. :?
  2. Electronikal

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    Well now i know where the money for our public health care system goes! :p hehehehe So If you fill the tranny from the bottom...how much oil do you need to overfill to have the correct amount of oil in the tranny...cauz if it drips like it does when you pull the plug off the oil pan...you'll loose lots of oil in no time! :p

    I'll have to check it out soon..i want to change my oil..im sure its all dirty and fileld with metal chirps.
  3. therieldeal

    therieldeal FEOA Member

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    did the clutch on my lx wagon the other day... when i had the transmission on the floor, this is how i got the VSS out. this was on a car who has spent 12 years and 150k miles in connecticut... so its seen plenty of road salt.

    1. grab a steel chisel, and hammer

    2. place the chisel horizontally, with the cutting edge vertical, against the edge of the ring at the base of the VSS. hold at an acute angle to the VSS

    3. use the hammer to tap on it, the chisel will dig in a bit and after a few taps it will start to spin the vss.

    4. spin it back and forth with the chisel, slowly it will come up a bit, then you can get a flat screwdriver in on each side and pry up slowly and carefully :)

    -jon
  4. Skuce

    Skuce FEOA Member

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    my VSS just popped right out with about 2 minutes of wiggling.

    Plus the bolt that holds it down came out really easy with just working my hand around the back of the engine with a flex head ratchet.

    I have Redline MT 90 (75w90 gear oil) in there now. Have to say a huge improvement!!!

    The original ATX fluid that was in there was VERY VERY low and burnt from the previous owner.
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    98RACE New Member

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    Vics-grips!!!!!!

    Make sure you grip on the metal near the base (not the plastic) and wiggle till its lose, then pull it out.

    Have done it 3 time and it worked great, but one took a couple mins of wiggling before I could get it to move.
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    I had the same problem you did, I had to destroy it to get it out, after I busted the sensor off of the housing, I had to use an airhammer to get it to come out, I think those things swell over a period of time :p
  7. crxess

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    To Make the easy way really easy:

    Go to Walmart or any marine supply and pick up a pump for adding fluid to Mercury outdrives. (this is a hand pump that fits quart bottles)

    The pump comes with a short length of hose and a plastic adapter about 2" long. Pick up 3' of clear 3/8"(?) hose.(Home Depot,etc.) If available, pick up a short piece of thin wall plastic tube to fit inside the hose end.(approx. 1/2" long)

    Remove the backup switch and thread the 3' clear hose into the hole. Run the other end up inside the engine bay along the drivers side of the radiator. Slip the end onto the plastic adapter on the hand pump.

    If you fully drained the transmission you will need 3.5 quarts of fluid. just pump, change bottles and pump some more.

    When your last quart is 1/2 empty sit the bottle on the radiator support. Slide under the car and with the backup switch in hand, pull the clear hose and quickly install the switch.

    Make sure you have your pan under the tranny or you will have a small mess to clean up.

    This method took about 20 minutes beginning to end.

    NOTE: This is a great site and the information posted for replacing a clutch was a great help. This is the first time I have done a fwd transmission r&r though I have been in the auto industry for 30 years. All went relatively well.
  8. Newfie_dan

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    FYI

    ok the twist method works if your in a relatively dry climate condusive to corrosion prevention, however for all of you who are having difficulty with this I will post my method for your benefits. You will need a flat short chisel 1 thats fairly small with a good sharp tip (about 3-4" long)or a wide flat handle screw driver (preferably a stubby flat head that you dont car about damaging) with a sharp tip and a small hammer. Next remove the retainer and set it aside, unplug the speedo cable and then place the flat of the screwdriver/chisel on the face of the tranny pointed at the joint between the tranny face and lip of the speedo housing about a 30-45 degree angle so that the sharp part faces that joint. Now take your hammer and give the chisel/screwdriver a few good solid whacks with the hammer that will start to sink into the lip a bit, keep whacking at it till it gets under the lip then pry if it has not poped out already, you only want to hit it till it pops, then you can twist/lift to remove it. Total time to do mine (and it was stuck in there pretty good) was 5 minutes. Just make sure that the point is good and sharp and you should be able to pop it super easy. I sharpened my chisel on the bench grinder so that the tip was pretty darn sharp so make sure its sharpened.
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    I think I'm going to try the pump method through the reverse sensor. Mine won't budge, and I think my fluid really needs to be changed because it's harder to shift after the car warms up. Whoever designed this should be shot in both kneecaps.
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    method

    did you try to get it out by the method I posted?
  11. 95EscortDriver

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    Look, mine was in there hard!!!! it took ten mins to get it out!

    -from over top the engine, take a 10mm socket, (not 3/8", there is no standard size bolt in the escort ANYWHERE!!!) and a long (or bunch of small) Extentions and remove the retaining bolt and slide the retaining bracket off.
    -if accessable to a lift put it up in the air, if notreach around from the passenger side W/a pair of pliers, (don't be afraid to crawl completely under the hood and get dirty!!!)
    - twist it back and forth untill the son of a gun feels loose.*HINT* leave the plug for the sensor facing the transmission or the firewall
    - where the retaining braket goes into the side, get your best crowbar or screwdriver into the slot, and pry up with the prying tool resting on the transmission.

    It'll pop, and off it is! the gear might want to hold it in place, turn it like your unscrewing it. *HINT 2*While it is off, sand the VSS where it contacts the Transmission at the top, NOT BELOW THE RING, just to get the pits off the metal. wipe it with grease and clean the hole around the slot it goes it. Try not to get anything in the transmission when you do that.
    check the fluid, fill accordingly, then reinstall, making sure it goes all the way back in the hole!

    ENJOY! The black rubber seal will prevent any leaks from the top of the vss where you sanded it.
  12. 93Cobra2771

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    Fyi, this is a great post. Was able to get mine out with only a couple of minutes of twisting wiggling.
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    Holy double post, batman! So, did you try it my way? I've had to keep tabs on my transmission fulid level because obviously there is not another 5-speed transmission in a 30 mi. radius of where I live that does not leak! (believe me, I've been through a few, all leaked.)
  15. 93Cobra2771

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    Actually, I didn't have to do any prying. I grabbed it, started twisting the housing (had the retaining clip off the speedo cable already) and BAM the cable came right out.

    After that, kept twisting/pulling the housing, and it popped right out.

    On a side note, my tranny is leak free. Has 93k miles on it. :D
  16. 95EscortDriver

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    There ya go, thats why it don't leak! There isn't a single tranny for an 1.9L Escort in 100mi of here that has under 120K mi, that is for sale or in a J/Y! :cry: :cry:
  17. zzyzzx

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    try http://www.car-part.com

    The way these cars get ditched after it drops a valve seat, you would think that there would be plenty of good transmissions in the JY.
  18. 95EscortDriver

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    I've never had the dropped valve in any of my 3 Escorts, so I don't have a clue. My friend bought a 92 Eagle talon TSI with a dropped valve, thats the only car I've seen it in here....

    I've checked car-parts.com, that only furthers my investigation of a good tranny. Like I said, try going to that sight and look for a tranny under $500 around 28539 zip code, believe me, not there....
  19. itsjunk

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    so i take it this is what was supposed to be in the hole in the top of my trans? i have no working speedo and today i noticed it was leaking trans fluid after it wheel hopped....if i look down the back of my motor theres a hole in the top of my trans that appeared to be leaking the fluid...is that the vss spot?
  20. zzyzzx

    zzyzzx FEOA Member

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    Here is how I change my transmission fluid:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/d ... umber=3878

    SIPHON PUMP KIT

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    Quickly and safely transfer gasoline, water and other liquids.


    4 ft. of both intake and discharge hose
    Inlet and outlet nozzles
    31'' x 1/4'' dipstick tube
    Solid brass piston rod
    16'' air pressure hose with 90° snap-shut valve

    ITEM 3878-5VGA

    Only thing is that the 31" dipstick tube is really too short. I did manage to get out 2 quarts of transmission fluid with it (minus 4 oz). A 4'-5' dipstick tube would have been ideal. so I'm recommending this product and getting a longer clear tube to put down the transmission dipstick.

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