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Escapism 11-12-2013 01:01 PM

Automatic Transmission Fluid Change
 
Just wanted to get a feel or general consensus on when folks plan on changing their ATF. Our 2013's are getting up there in miles. We all know that the manual states 150,000 intervals. But isn't this number a little high? Maybe to help reduce the operating cost of the vehicle to make it more marketable? This is not really a Ford thing, they are all doing it and trying to have the lowest cost.

I was thinking doing the simple fluid change every 50,000. The service DVD lists like 3 different levels of change depending on how much of the trapped fluid you want to get out.

I figure if I do the simple drain and fill often enough that will be fine. Any thoughts?

Elf911 11-12-2013 02:08 PM

I haven't looked yet but do we even have an accessible drain plug and fill port (dipstick) for the tranny? I know my VW had the "magical" sealed transmission that never needed any fills or service for the "life" of the vehicle. Non the less when I had a tranny leak at 18k miles they opened it and replaced the seal, filter, and refilled the tranny. I'd say every 60k miles would be a good replacement time for the fluid especially with a 6 speed (more gear changes with regular driving and a more complex group of clutches and planitaries)

SRG963 11-12-2013 02:15 PM

I typically cut the recommended interval in half....so 75k is when I would change fluid/filter.

And recommendations are the maximum with very good driving conditions. If you do a lot of stop and go, hills, off-roading, half the recommended value would be maximum.

EscapeFan 11-12-2013 03:07 PM

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Originally Posted by SRG963 (Post 107025)
I typically cut the recommended interval in half....so 75k is when I would change fluid/filter.

And recommendations are the maximum with very good driving conditions. If you do a lot of stop and go, hills, off-roading, half the recommended value would be maximum.

thats the best thing to do if you really care about your vehicle and want to keep it for a long time. even with the first oil change i over kill it all the time. Best to do what ever you can to get the most out o fit.

Elf911 11-12-2013 04:05 PM

Question still is can you drain and refill this transmission or do you need to go under and use the weird hose/pump to refill like my VW?

socal_jayo 11-12-2013 04:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Elf911 (Post 107113)
Question still is can you drain and refill this transmission or do you need to go under and use the weird hose/pump to refill like my VW?

Most likely.

Those that have the service DVD should chime in with the details.

2014Escape 11-12-2013 05:15 PM

Just had my 30K service at the Ford dealership - they drained and filled the transmission fluid. Assumed that was standard. (?)

Escapism 11-12-2013 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Elf911 (Post 107009)
I haven't looked yet but do we even have an accessible drain plug and fill port (dipstick) for the tranny? I know my VW had the "magical" sealed transmission that never needed any fills or service for the "life" of the vehicle. Non the less when I had a tranny leak at 18k miles they opened it and replaced the seal, filter, and refilled the tranny. I'd say every 60k miles would be a good replacement time for the fluid especially with a 6 speed (more gear changes with regular driving and a more complex group of clutches and planitaries)

I did check the service DVD and there is a process to do the fluid change. No dipstick on our Escapes but there is a drain plug and fill port(I think). I will have to post the info when I get time. I remember it saying the vehicle should be running when you check the level. What I have done in the past is measure what I drain and replace with the same amount plus a dash more. Then I check the level and add if needed.

Mfour 11-12-2013 11:34 PM

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Originally Posted by 2013Escape (Post 107193)
Just had my 30K service at the Ford dealership - they drained and filled the transmission fluid. Assumed that was standard. (?)


same here I will do mine at 30k

SRG963 11-13-2013 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by 2013Escape (Post 107193)
Just had my 30K service at the Ford dealership - they drained and filled the transmission fluid. Assumed that was standard. (?)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mfour (Post 107465)
same here I will do mine at 30k

Manual states 150,000 mile interval between changes. Your just throwing money away changing it any sooner than 75,000 miles IMO. Of course the dealership is going to suggest it, it's easy money....


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