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Old 03-17-2009, 09:54 AM
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Question Transmission Fluid Change

I appologize in advance if this had been asked before (I looked but didn't see anything on it) but I'm wondering if someone could walk me through how to perform a drain and fill for the transmission fluid on a Tribute (2005 to be specific but any year will do for reference).
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:17 PM
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I would have it done at your dealer or at an independent shop that has a power flush machine. Doing a standard service only removes about 1/4 of the old fluid. A power flush removes all of the old fluid and replaces it with new fluid. Whatever you do, make sure you use Mercon V transmission fluid.
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Old 04-05-2009, 10:33 PM
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thats correct,go with the total transm.flush and get all of the 12 qts. out.do it every 30,000 or so . about $125-145.
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Old 04-21-2009, 12:02 PM
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I have an 06, AWD V6 with 31K Miles. The user manual say to use only MERCON not MERCON V, however there is a service bulletin for the 06 to change the fluid to MERCON V so we should ignore what's in the manual.
I just did a flush at my dealer. they said it looked "dirty" it actually did. I was wondering if this is due to the high number of tranny failures they are having.
The manual also say to use only MERCON for the power steering - anyone changing that to MERCON V? I say changing because the two are incompatible.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:43 PM
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DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE DIRTY TRANS FILTER! A TRANS FLUSH DOESN'T CHANGE THAT. I have a 06 Mazda3i Touring and had a trans flush service from a local shop, took the car to Mazda for warranty work and they checked my fluids and told me my trans fluid need to be changed because it was dirty and I had 30,000 miles I told my service tech I had it serviced already by a local shop and that they performed a flush service he responded by telling me that some cars have metal screens in their trans and that a flush will work good in those vehicles but if you have a cotton filter it needs to be changed at every service.

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I could be mistaken here, but I don't think the Tribute's tranny has a serviceable filter. A tranny flush should flush any debris from the screen or whatever is in the transaxle anyway.
I have heard from a few mechanics that flushes can cause damage by loosening small particles in the tranny and not getting them all out before the new fluid goes in. Anyone else hear this?
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:11 AM
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Oh yeah, I forgot to answer the initial question. Use Mercon V, it supercedes the manual's recommendation because Mercon V was not yet created in 2006. Mercon V is a semi-synthetic fluid that resists heat degradation better than regular Mercon. I have had Mercon V is my transmission for 30,000 miles and have nothing but smooth shifts to report. I am debating whether or not to have it done again because I tow with my Tribute.
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