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how hard is it to change trans fluid and tranfer case..

Ok so removing the fluid looks pretty strait foward. I looked up instructions here https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...read.php?t=397 and here for the tcase https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...read.php?t=396

What I dont get is where do you fill the transmission fluid? I feel like a dumb *** but I want to make sure I can do this before draining everything and not knowing how to fill up after.. lol

also im guessing I only need a wratchet to get the pan off and thats it, no special tools..
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There is another dipstick torwards the back of your engine on the passenger side for the transmission fluid. Basic hand tools should get you by on the pan.
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Look on the side of your transmission. There should be a "drain" and a "fill" plug. If you need explaining past that, get someone else to do it That's if you've got a manual transmission.
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ya she be an automatic trans.. I know I have to remove the pan to drain it but I didnt see the fill plug when I checked underneat there.. but then again it covered in mud eveywhere, she could use a good cleaning underneat there.
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On this 00 Explorer in auto class a transmission fluid change sucks. You drain it, then to refill I believe we had to fill from underneath. Or maybe I'm thinkin of some other part. It's been a while since I was in HS, heh..

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What fluid should you use?

Any x wt gear lube?
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im gonna go with amsoil, mine takes mercon V only.
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im gonna go with amsoil, mine takes mercon V only.
For those of us who dont use amsoil, what weight does the factory call for?
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For those of us who dont use amsoil, what weight does the factory call for?
You need to check the owners manual for your particular year.


Recent Rangers are:
AT: Mercon V ATF
MT: Mercon ATF
Transfer case: Mercon ATF


Earlier models:
AT: Mercon ATF
MT: Mercon ATF
Transfer case: Mercon ATF


I don't know what a 92 takes for sure. Years ago, the manual transmissions specified gear oil instead of ATF. If you don't have a 92 owners manual, it would be good to get one from somewhere like eBay.

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I might just crawl under there and do it myself, now. I didn't want to spend 130 getting done at a shop. Thanks guys!
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Looked it up, didnt think that the maual would have it. Mitsubishi-80w gear lube, Mazda Mercon ATF.
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Call me an idiot but the transfer case is a 4wd thing right?
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Call me an idiot but the transfer case is a 4wd thing right?
Yes it is.
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So for the AT you just unbolt the pan, let it drain, put the pan back on and refill it??
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amsoil has instructions on there website for a tranny flush

u may want to change the filter also, and you will prolly need a new gasket for the pan

for me...

130 for everything > or me dicking around for 2-3 hours doing it.
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So did you get it done or do it yourself??
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I didnt do it myself, I brought it in to have it drained as when you unbolt the pan it doesnt take everything out and I wasnt quite sure how to do it.. but basically they tapped in my trans coolant line and I ran the engine to pump it out.. or something like that. The transfer case was easy, I did that one and my rear differential myself. Now the front differential im gonna take it in to the shop as well cause they have to pump it out.
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i had a shop do the front diff and tranny, i change all the rest.
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So for the AT you just unbolt the pan, let it drain, put the pan back on and refill it??
That will drain less than half of the total volume of fluid in a Ranger automatic transmission. Changing all of it requires either a professional transmission flush or an alternative method like the one on the Amsoil site.
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Ok, well I guess I'll have to take it to a shop then... Thanks Bob
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