At this point you can drain the torque converter. To get the transmission up to the correct temperature, drive around until the engine is warm. While you have the chance, clean all the bolts that hold the transmission pan up. On my vehicle, almost exactly 4 quarts was extracted before I started to notice air bubbles in the vinyl line. The one I am rebuilding this week is an 05 and doesn't have a drain plug on it not many do anymore. Pro Tip Before you decide to fill up on transmission fluid, make sure you're checking while the transmission is up to temperature. You can always use the rest later for other automotive maintenance procedures.
Ford has been developed sophisticated transmissions through years and it is critical that you add the exact type of transmission fluid stipulated by your owner's manual typically in the back of the manual in a section titled Fluid Capacities. The newer Ford Expeditions have them. As long as the fluid meets or exceeds Mercon V, you will be fine. Note that Ford does not recommend ever changing the filter. I would try not to extract more than 3 quarts at a time. Also avoid skin contact with refrigerant.
There are numerous articles out there but flushing your transmission, torque converter, cleaning the trans cooler and magnets and replacing the all of the filters, gaskets with new parts and new trans oil - not recycled oil - is really doing it right. The truck may have warmed up at this point, so you can break until it cools as the exhaust will have gotten fairly hot from the constant start ups. Most Ford F-150 trucks have the transmission dipstick located to the immediate left, or on the passenger side. Fill no higher than 9. Always expect the first time to take longer. The video above shows where the transmission fluid dipstick is located in your Expedition and how to check the transmission fluid level. It got you here didn't it.
Tools needed are a Phillips screwdriver. How long are you gonna keep the truck? Carefully remove the 5 five screws holding the filter compartment access cover. Not good, but no harm done. At least one time while the engine is running move the shifter through each position from P to 1, pausing about 5 seconds at each position. You need to take it out either way.
Don't buy a new pan gasket. Look at both the color and the consistency of the fluid. Is your truck telling you the transmission has overheated? Heat and broken parts will shorten the life of your fluid, but in general, your transmission fluid will last the life of your truck. The internal neck of the filter will slide into the opening on the underside of the transmission. If there are no leaks, wipe up any transmission fluid that has leaked to the ground. A clothes pin can replace the person holding the line in the bucket.
Running the engine in the next steps will pump the fluid out of the torque converter. Why flush the dirt from the filter back through the trans and the torque converter? Check your transmission fluid's color against this chart. Hopefully you pulled through that parking spot! As soon as you see air shut off the engine. Some talk about using heated oil. There you are, charging up an on-ramp in your F-150 or F-250 Super Duty when your transmission suddenly decides to transmit your engine's power into violent shaking. Step 1 - Locate the transmission dipstick Always use caution when opening and securing the hood of your truck. If the transmission fluid level in your Expedition is low, you need to add transmission fluid through the dipstick tube.
This part is where having a partner is helpful because someone can watch the fluid filling the bucket. If you are experiencing erratic shifting, transmission. Remove the pan and clean the pan and gasket, including the magnet on the bottom of the pan. If you want to have piece of mind knowing you love your truck then give it some high quality synthetic trans oil and a hug. The filter and on the internal surfaces of rubber hoses are the other two most regular places for clutch pad slime and debris.
The transmission fluid dipstick is circled in red. The Haynes manual suggests that you drop the transmission pan to replace the fluid, filter, and clean the magnet. Route the tubing around so it does not kink anywhere. The pan itself has some weight, but will be considerably lighter since it does not contain an entire 4. There are 2 different type of flashing units the cheap one for about 30 dollars like mine, or the expensive one for like 100 dollars. Fuzz on the magnet is normal, that's why it is there! Clamp the clear tubing over the line that you removed from the transmission.
Use the lever inside the vehicle, pop the hood and secure the hood with the interior prop. Start the truck and let it idle in park for a few minutes. This is the line towards the rear of the transmission. Sometimes it does not come out with the filter, its color is orange. I found a pre-measured package that was only a few bucks and turned out to be a lot more than I needed. I replace the transmission filter every fluid change.