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Old 10-09-2014, 02:32 PM   #11
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Regarding transmission filters: New ones are a waste of money. You can wash/blow out the old one and it is just as good as new.

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Old 10-09-2014, 04:05 PM   #12
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I respect the opinion of everyone in this thread but I hold to the contention that if the fluid and filter is fresh, the transmission will operate more effectively. Ford makes a tough transmission for these E-450's. Everything is more heavy duty including the torque converter and clutch packs. New fluid and filter will insure a longer life and will aid in keeping the transmission components better lubricated which in turn keeps the transmission at a cooler operating temperature. The previous owner of my rv towed a small car which is why I was inclined to change the oil and filter. The oil I removed was still red and did not smell like it had been overheated. The magnetic warshers were wooly which meant the clutch packs had shed some steel.

As for the recommendation not to change the oil after 100k miles, I have had many transmission servicemen also tell me that but they would not tell me there would be certain trasmissin failure on the horizon. However my brother changed his oil and filter on a 2004 F-150 with 158k miles and it corrected the sluggish shifting. He sold his F-150 with 195k miles and the transmission was still fine. I believe that how the transmission was treated before it reached 100k miles will determine if an oil change will affect it. This F-150 pulled a 28' travel trailer its first 65k miles.


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Old 10-09-2014, 04:09 PM   #13
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My concern would be lack.of use and condensation/moisture that has accumulated in it.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:09 PM   #14
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My concern would be lack.of use and condensation/moisture that has accumulated in it.
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Old 10-09-2014, 04:16 PM   #15
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I would change it. After I bought my 2500 with 73,000 miles I changed all fluids for peace of mind and to have a point of reference for all future changes. I do the pan drop, filter change and complete changeover of old to new fluid using the removal of the transmission line from the radiator method. That way I know all the old fluid is replaced.
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Old 10-10-2014, 10:19 PM   #16
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I changed the trans fluid on my 02 26SS, right after I bought it used. When I did I found the plastic plug laying in the bottom of my pan. I was a little concerned, until I found out it was as you say. I like the drain plug on the pan. When I did mine I removed the pan replaced the filter. Filled it again. Then removed the cooling line and started and removed one qt. of fluid. the added one qt. to the pan. I did this until the return oil was the same color as the new fluid. Now I have replaced all my fluid. I totally agree to not flush the trans. Stan
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Old 10-11-2014, 08:43 AM   #17
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My dodge has 60,000 miles now and I've changed the trans fluid twice and the rear diff once and the engine every 4500 miles. It's impossible to change the fluids to often. New oil is better than any used oil. It's old wife's tales not to change if never changed.
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