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

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

  1. squid66

    squid66 New Member

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    My 1989 1000pg Factory manual sez......

    for 4 or 5 spd manual......

    1pull up dust cover

    2disconnect cable from drive gear

    3remove retaining screw and pry gear assembly from housing, using screwdriver if needed

    4fill to level of little "lip" just above gear(i guess you dip the gear back it to check)

    the lip is only about 1/4 the height of the gear.

    the "low" is the top of the gear, the high is the top of the lip, so I guesing about 1/2" or less between low and high oil levels.


    Dexton II 3.4 US quarts


    QUESTION:what about that "old gear box brass don't like newflanged gear oil" urban legend????
  2. ElGuapoK20

    ElGuapoK20 FEOA Member

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    Now I realize why there's no DIY for changing 2nd gen automatic transmission oil. It's a clusterf*ck down there. It looks like they purposely designed the cross member to do within an inch of the oil pan bolts just so you can't get the f*cker off. This is stupid. Being an engineer I should have the right to punch those ford engineers in the face.
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    97MTracer FEOA Donator

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    Anyone recomend a specific type or brand of fluid to use? I'm wanting to replace the fluid with synthetic syncromesh fluid.
  4. Godvain-ps3

    Godvain-ps3 FEOA Member

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    ok guys all this looks like 5-speed stuff and I have a automatic i have everything figured out as far as the changing goes except one crucial crush point... MY HEAD!!! it looks as if i have to drop the cross member to reach a few bolts... if i drop the cross member will the transmission stay in place till i out it back together?

    Also i dont have a service manual but i got a haynes and it doesnt say how to do it in there. so where can i get my hands on one of these service manuals?
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I got my service manuals from ebay. Do a search for "ford service manual" for the year of your Escort, and remember there is a 2nd manual called the Electrical and Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual, the EVTM. They are pretty specific as to year. Sometimes they are sold as a set, sometimes not. The manuals dont cost much.
    You need to support the engine oil pan (with wood block to spread the load) when you drop that front-to-rear crosssmember. There are two bolts at the front that screw into captive nuts inside the lateral crossmember under the radiator. These may be rusted into the captive nuts, so start by spraying penetrating oil in. Soaking for days is worthwhile. If you car has seen much salted roads in the winters, the bolts may snap off, may twist the captive nuts loose, or may strip the threads out. Be sure to use a 6 point 17mm wrench, and if they turn at all, use a LOT of patience in freeing them up little by little.
    There are two nuts at the back of the crossmember that will need careful attention - starting with penetrating oil. They run onto studs in the subframe whose threads can get stripped or the studs can get snapped off. Hopefully you wont run into that problem. The good news is that once you have gotten it off the first time, you put antiseize compound on all threads when you reassemble, and it will be easy the next time.
    I didnt mention that before the crossmember will come down, you also have to undo four 14mm nuts from the two motor mounts on each side (front and rear) of the bell housing, because those are usually not a problem.
    Some members have removed the motor mount that is under the battery tray, and the nuts from the two mounts by the bell housing - so they could jack up the transmission an inch or so, and have reasonable access to the transmission oil pan bolts.
    In rebuilding the 5 Escort auto transmissions, I have found screwed up or stripped threads on all but one of them. I think this happened from people trying to remove and reinstall the oil pans -without either dropping the crossmember or raising the transmission a little.
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  6. Godvain-ps3

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    So shade treeing... in the rain which is WONDERFUL water torture up under there btw!!! I'm going to guess jacking the tranny would be my easiest option with out snapping the bolts.. this is my daily driver so i don't want to chance dropping it my cars been in the south all its life so even still i cant torch the bolts cause its raining and i just don't see that working to well for me right now. and its not going to stop till next week sometime. DenisonD13 you seem to be quiet the mechanic bro thanks for all the help you've been giving me lately. I usually don't mess with transmissions but beats paying 80$ having someone else do it. plus i like working on things gets me my peace and quiet time.

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