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transmission filter

how hard is it to change the transmission filter? i plan on doing it this weekend,thanks
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this would be nice to know since I want to do mine soon.
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These are generic instructions but they cover the procedure pretty well:
http://autorepair.about.com/od/other...ans_filter.htm

I would add that you should lube the filter o-rings with ATF before installing the filter.

These instructions recommend weatherstrip adhesive on the pan gasket but the factory shop manual says to install the gasket dry. Your choice.

Besides heat, the other big enemy of automatics is dirt. Even a tiny speck of dirt in the wrong place can bring a modern automatic to its knees. Be sure that your tools, parts, hands and working environment are very clean. Don't work on an automatic outdoors on a windy day.

Check your owners manual for the correct type of ATF. Late model Ranger autos specify Mercon V but earlier Ranger automatics used Mercon. These are not the same and shouldn't be interchanged or mixed. Be sure that you buy the correct fluid for your year.

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Even a cotton towel will leave those damn cotton hairballs that will clog up the tiny holes in the valve body. BE VERY CAREFUL!!!

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yea clogging the filter would suck a** but i think you could do it
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I have changed many and it is quite simple. I drop the pan, clean both surfaces with a wire brush on my die-grinder, put the new filter in, clean both surfaces and depending if you have the reusable gasket or not, you either put it back togeather with or without using rtv. It would also be smart to check your convertor for a drain plug as well. They quit using them a few years ago, but it's still always good to check.
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These are generic instructions but they cover the procedure pretty well:
http://autorepair.about.com/od/other...ans_filter.htm

I would add that you should lube the filter o-rings with ATF before installing the filter.

These instructions recommend weatherstrip adhesive on the pan gasket but the factory shop manual says to install the gasket dry. Your choice.

Besides heat, the other big enemy of automatics is dirt. Even a tiny speck of dirt in the wrong place can bring a modern automatic to its knees. Be sure that your tools, parts, hands and working environment are very clean. Don't work on an automatic outdoors on a windy day.

Check your owners manual for the correct type of ATF. Late model Ranger autos specify Mercon V but earlier Ranger automatics used Mercon. These are not the same and shouldn't be interchanged or mixed. Be sure that you buy the correct fluid for your year.
Sorry to bump an old thread, but I was looking to do this and this article is the best I've seen. I'm still not sure I'll take this on myself, especially with the cold weather. It's very interesting concerning the last comment about NEVER getting a flush. I've read pro's/con's and various opinions about this, however I've always been on the side of NOT flushing. After years of use, all that gunk is actually holding some things together, plugging holes that would otherwise leak, etc. I think I'm going to go with just the "replace the fluid, replace the filter, add fluid scenario".
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