How to Properly Add Transmission Fluid to a 2000 Ford Taurus?

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Charlotte Alexander Martin asked 3 months ago
Hello! I've recently discovered that my 2000 Ford Taurus, which has just under 80,000 miles, is experiencing shifting issues. Upon taking it to the shop, they informed me that there's a transmission fluid leak. While it's not severe enough to require a full repair or replacement, I've been advised to regularly check and refill the transmission fluid myself, if I wanted to save on labor fees. I've confirmed the type of fluid and located the dipstick, but I'm unsure about the correct process for adding new fluid. Could you guide me on how to do this properly?
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Zack Norman Staff answered 3 months ago
Hi there, Charlotte! When adding transmission fluid to your car, here's a step-by-step guide to help you out (although, if you're not comfortable with working on your car, don't be afraid to reach out to a mechanic):
  1. Checking Fluid Levels: Before adding new fluid, ensure the engine is warm. Drive the car for a bit, park it on a level surface, and then check the fluid level using the transmission dipstick.
  2. Selecting the Right Fluid: Use the transmission fluid type specified in your car’s manual. For your Taurus, it's crucial to use the correct variety to avoid any damage.
  3. Adding Fluid: Use a long, narrow funnel specifically designed for transmission fluid. This helps in avoiding spills. Insert the funnel into the dipstick tube.
  4. Filling Slowly: Pour the fluid slowly and in small amounts. After adding a bit, wait for a minute to let it settle, then recheck the level.
  5. Checking for Proper Levels: Keep adding fluid gradually until it reaches the 'Full' mark on the dipstick. Be careful not to overfill, as this can cause issues.
  6. Final Checks: After filling, run the engine, shift through all gears, then recheck the fluid level. Adjust if necessary.
Remember, regular monitoring of the fluid level is key, especially with a known leak. If you notice a rapid decrease in fluid level or worsening leak symptoms, it’s advisable to reconsider a repair. I hope that helps! Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team