How to Add Transmission Fluid to a Ford Explorer

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How to Add Transmission Fluid to a Ford Explorer
Check your transmission fluid every 6,000 miles. (levier de vitesse image by Danielle Bonardelle from

Checking and adding the proper amount of transmission fluid to the transmission is crucial to the smooth operation of your Ford Explorer. The transmission fluid is a hydraulic fluid that works off pressure to shift the truck from one gear to the next. Maintaining the proper level will ensure you get many miles from your transmission. It is recommended that you check the fluid every 6,000 miles and change the fluid every 30,000 miles to rid the transmission of any debris or sediment that may have accumulated in your transmission.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Clean towel
  • Funnel
  • Up to 13 quarts of Motorcraft Mercon V automatic transmission fluid.

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  1. 1

    Allow the truck to warm up to ensure an accurate reading of the transmission fluid level. Pull the shifter through all the gears and back to park. Ensure you leave the shifter in each gear long enough for the gear to engage. Shift back to "park." Turn off the truck.

  2. 2

    Open the bonnet to access the engine compartment. Locate the transmission fluid dipstick in the back of the engine compartment. The dipstick will be marked with yellow writing.

  3. 3

    Pull the dipstick out of the tube. Wipe the dipstick with a clean towel. Insert the dipstick back into the tube. Pull it back out to check the level. The markings where the fluid stops will indicate the fluid level.

  4. 4

    Place a funnel in the dipstick tube. Pour in automatic transmission fluid in half-quart intervals. Check each time you pour in fluid. Stop pouring when the transmission fluid level reaches "full" on the dipstick.

Tips and warnings

  • The V-8 requires 13.9 quarts of Motorcraft Mercon V automatic transmission fluid. The V-6 requires 10 quarts of Motorcraft Mercon V automatic transmission fluid.
  • Do not overfill, as this may result in damage to the automatic transmission.

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