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CHECKING AUTOMATIC FLUID LEVEL

2002 Ford Explorer

2002 Ford Explorer V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 38000 miles

MY 2002 EXPLORER IS MAKING SOUNDS LIKE IT IS LOW ON TRANS FLUID. IT REVS WHEN YOU DEPRESS THE ACELERATOR PEDAL ENOUGH TO MOVE OUT QUICKLY. THEN IT DOES NOT SHIFT PROPERLY. IT SEEMS TO SLIP WHEN SHIFTING. ON THE OTHER HAND IF I START OUT SLOWLY IT WORKS JUST FINE. I JUST HAD A SHOP DRAIN AND FLUSH THE TRANS ABOUT 3MONTHS AGO. PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW TO CHECK THIE FLUID LEVEL AND ADD FLUID IF NECESSARY. THANKS
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LARRR1961
August 9, 2008.




SERVICING - A/T -2002 Ford Explorer
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CHECKING FLUID LEVEL

Transmission
1.Using a scan tool, monitor the Transmission Fluid Temperature (TFT) using PID: TFT. Start the vehicle. Engine idle speed should be approximately 650 RPM. 2.Run engine until the recommended TFT is between 81-120 °F (27-49 °C). The fluid level can be checked above 122 °F (50 °C) using this procedure. 3.Move the gearshift lever slowly, stopping in each gear. Place gearshift lever in the Park position. Raise and support the vehicle. Set vehicle as close to level as possible. 4.If needed, the Drive Pinion Angle Gauge (205-025), can be used to assist in leveling the vehicle. See Fig. 4 . Place a drain pan under the transmission.

NOTE: It will be necessary to hold the drain plug (larger plug) with a wrench when removing the fluid level indicator plug.
5.With the transmission in the Park position and the engine running, use a 3/16" Allen key to remove the fluid level indicator plug. See Fig. 5 . Allow the fluid to drain. Wait approximately one minute. 6.When the fluid comes out as a thin stream or a drip, it is at the correct level. If no fluid comes out of the hole, fluid will need to be added. Continue with this procedure. Install the Fluid Fill Tool (307-437), into the transmission fluid pan. See Fig. 6 . 7.Using the Oil Suction Gun (303-D104), extract approximately one pint of clean ATF from a suitable container. Using the oil suction gun and fluid fill tool, fill the transmission with clean ATF. See Fig. 7 . Remove the oil suction gun. 8.Allow fluid to drain. Wait approximately one minute. When fluid comes out as a thin stream or drip, the fluid is at correct level. If no fluid drains from the plug, continue adding clean ATF in 1/2-pint increments until fluid starts to drain from the plug. 9.Remove the fluid fill tool from the pan. Reinstall the fluid level indicator plug and tighten to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS . Lower the vehicle. Remove scan tool. Check the operation of the transmission and inspect for leaks.
Fig. 4: Identifying Drive Pinion Angle Gauge
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Fig. 5: Identifying Fluid Level Indicator Plug
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Fig. 6: Identifying Fluid Fill Tool
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Fig. 7: Viewing Transmission Fluid Fill Procedure Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Transfer Case

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SERVICING - A/T -2002 Ford Explorer
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Remove transfer case fluid fill plug. See Fig. 8 . Check fluid level at transfer case fill plug hole. Fluid should be level with bottom of fill plug hole. See Fig. 9 . Fill the transfer case to the proper level with appropriate fluid. See RECOMMENDED FLUIDS and FLUID CAPACITIES .
Fig. 8: Identifying Fluid Fill & Drain Plugs
Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.
Fig. 9: Viewing Transfer Case Fluid Levels Courtesy of FORD MOTOR CO.

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