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TMNT
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Oct 15, 2013, 6:03 PM

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Hello and thank you for this site.

I would like to drain my transmission pan on my 2000 Mercury Sable myself at home. My question is, will putting the car on just a car ramp be enough room for doing this? Any tips or suggestions? Thanks


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Oct 15, 2013, 6:33 PM

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Yes, car ramps should get the vehicle high enough, so you can access the pan.

Have a wide drain pan. DON'T take all the bolts out and then lower the pan unless you want to take a bath. Take enough bolts out to lower one side of the pan to let the fluid drain out.





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Oct 15, 2013, 6:51 PM

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Thanks very much, reason for this servicing is because my "Check Transaxle light" came on twice in the past few trips, and after checking the fluid it seemed to be a light greyish in color. I bought the car @ 88k miles and now @ 122k and I've never changed it, and likely prev. owners also didn't.

So before bringing to somewhere, I though changing the fluid, filter and gasket might do the trick. Idk if its in my head because I seen the light come on, but it seems to shift a bit harsh.


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Oct 15, 2013, 6:58 PM

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It might also make it far worse.



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Oct 15, 2013, 9:30 PM

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It might also make it far worse.


Are you suggesting I just bring it to be looked at professionally? The light is no longer on and its been about 110 miles since the last time the "Check Transaxle" has showed.

Could autozone still be able to hook up an odb-2 scanner and pull any recent codes that have popped up? OR would it just give me a generic "Check Transaxle".

IIRC my 01' Prelude would sometimes be able to give a pretty detailed code, but idk if that is just for a CEL


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Oct 16, 2013, 1:41 AM

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If your fluid is that contaminated the damage is done. If you drop the fluid out and replace it with fresh stuff, the detergent additives in the ATF will take out the only things holding this together stiff. You might never get it to move out of your driveway on its own power.

Autozone only has a generic crappy scanner. You need a professional scan tool to be able to read the transmission codes, and it would be advisable to have a pro look at it right away anyhow just to see if there might be a way to save this. The people at Autozone are there to sell you parts, they are not technicians.


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Oct 16, 2013, 4:43 AM

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Grey transmission fluid isn't a good sign. As Nick stated, that usually means you'll need another transmission because the something in the case is coming apart. I wouldn't even worry about scanning it. The grey metal in the fluid surely has plugged up screens in the valve body. You'll never get all that out, so you should start looking for another transmission.





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