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Trans, rear diff and transfercase questions

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I have a 2005 2.3L 4x4 escape with 103k on it. I just picked this up and I assume the trans, rear diff, transfercase oil has never been changed. I think since its a 05 it will have Mecron V tranny oil?

I also read earlier today but cannot find, that the transfercase uses a synthetic and the rear diff does not. I would like to use exactly what ford recommends as I will be doing this to my 05 escape and my dads 05 escapte v6 at the same time.

Right now most of the time the suv runs fine, but sometimes randomly the trans feels like it slips more than it should. Specially in D (1st gear from a stop) and pressing the gas the rpm's go slightly up then catch and since its only sometimes I figure a trans oil change should fix that....Anyone buy the trans oil at a ford dealer?
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You can get very close to 100% of the fluid out of an automatic as long as it has an external cooler. This is also how a transmission fluid exchange machine works at a shop.


Prowler's method (post #2) has been used and tested for years now, but both that and the original method will work.

Taking it to a shop can be dangerous if you do not know which method they use. Some will use chemical flushes which are not always compatible with transmission seals, and some will do a reverse pressure flush to get around cleaning the filter (bad!). Older, neglected transmissions can even suffer from a forward pressure flush, but in many of those cases the transmission was failing to begin with (I still would avoid all but a "fluid exchange" machine that uses the transmission's own pump).
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