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    Slightly reminiscent of "No user serviceable parts inside" on most electronics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rschrei518 View Post
    If i recall on the 3.8 there is a pipe under the hood which i believe comes from the transmission with a cap on it which says i believe do not remove dealer use only. This is where i would think the tranny fluid gets added any thoughts? i don't have the vehicle with me now but i do remember seeing this.


    You are correct. That cap is where the dealer inserts their scan dipstick tool . You can add some fluid there, however, without knowing how low the fluid is, how do you know how much to add?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christ View Post
    1. If you can change the filter, it's not sealed.

    2. If you don't have a dipstick, and the tranmission was sealed before you opened it to change the filter, where are you going to add the fluid? (Not counting those which are simply older transmissions with a plug where the dipstick used to be... you can just add the dipstick back in for those.)
    The term "Sealed" references not having a "dipstick". You remove the dipstick on your tranny and plug the hole, it's considered "sealed". That doesn't mean you can't change the filter, does it ? Once the filter is replaced, you remove the "plug" and refill it with the appropriate quantity, then put the plug back.
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    without a dipstick, how do you know how much is "the appropriate amount?" If you are draining and refilling, there's some fluid that doesn't get drained. So drain, measure, and refill with the same amount you drained, right? but what if there's a leak?

    Give me a dipstick anyday. I may not use it, but it's nice to know it's there, especially if I find transmission fluid on the outside of the pan, or on my garage floor.
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    Well if there does happen to be a leak under your 5th gen, I would call up the dealership and demand they have it towed back for repair, cost free of course because it's warranty work, because if it's leaking and there's no dipstick for me to tell if it's dangerously low, then I would refuse to drive it to them. No dipstick would drive me crazy, I'm OCD about my fluid levels and check them frequently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sideburns2009 View Post
    Well if there does happen to be a leak under your 5th gen, I would call up the dealership and demand they have it towed back for repair, cost free of course because it's warranty work, because if it's leaking and there's no dipstick for me to tell if it's dangerously low, then I would refuse to drive it to them. No dipstick would drive me crazy, I'm OCD about my fluid levels and check them frequently.
    I'm with you on the dipstick idea! Believe me I was born and raised in Ireland and drove standard transmission cars from 16 until I left in 2001. I never had a problem with a transmission in Ireland at all with any of the cars I owned.
    I come to Canada and I have actually replaced 3 auto transmissions so far!
    On all the cars in Canada the dipstick is the only way to try to prevent the auto trans from dying as they all develop leaks from somewhere. I check the dip sticks every month and if I see a change from the norm I jack the car up and find out why!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rayodunne View Post
    I'm with you on the dipstick idea!
    Me too! My ex van was once jumping out of D position. The fluid was very low and terrible dirty... they flushed it using a special pump to be sure all the fluid is replaced, replaced the filter and... it never happened again.

    My T&C transmission was replaced in US when it was under warranty after attempting to fix it twice. The US dealer told to the ex-owner not to touch it until the new transmission will be 7 years old (end of warranty).
    In 2007 when I bought it, the US warranty was lost by bringing the van to Canada. After 1 year, I decided to check the fluid level and... surprise: I had to add 1 liter of fluid to bring it to the required level. How could I know to add 1 liter only and not more or less. No leaks were noticed on my garage floor...

    Quote Originally Posted by rayodunne View Post
    Believe me I was born and raised in Ireland and drove standard transmission cars from 16 until I left in 2001. I never had a problem with a transmission in Ireland at all with any of the cars I owned.
    Standard transmissions are a completely different story, you can not compare them with the automatic ones. Those ones did not have a deep stick anyway. On them, the repercussions of loosing some fluid are much less dangerous. The fluid on standard transmissions has a lot easier job to do!
    Overall it is known that standard transmissions are much more reliable and usually they over live the car's life
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    The dealer does use a dipstick (special tool!) to check fluid level. Scan tool is used to check transmission temperature to know proper level of fluid on the "special tool". A load of BS in my opinion. I will be looking into fabricating a usable dipstick myself.

    Audis are another matter. Those are checked and filled from the bottom. Daughter has one of those unserviceable things.
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    If your worried about your transmission fluid level, call your dealer and schedule an appointment to check your transmission fluid level. They'll do it.

    We have some customers that request a level check at every oil change. No problem.

    Also I'm surprised some company has not came up with a dipstick to put in the tube that the transmission has. I can't imagine someone has not... I'm sure it is on the drawing board somewhere... if not already available.
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    Sealed trans is not reparable,it replaceable only part and it cost a fortune ($4000).Not a single trans shop take to repair,only to replace.Ford is recently drop from production this kind of trans.

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