I have changed my own engine oil for years but have never done my own transmission oil change. Would it be that hard on this vehicle ? What all do I need ?
What type of atf do you recommend ?
if you don't have a repair manual, get one($15-20)! IF your ford is like my domestic(olds). besides the right size socket and wrench, a torque wrench would be great. get a catch pan of course and newspaper to catch spillage after dropping the pan.
my filter twists(turns) and pops right out. you may need a seal puller to get the seal out. or, VERY carefully pry it out w/ a screw driver. i coat my new seal w/ tranny fluid to help insert it, then tap gently w/ a rubber mallet.
go w/ amsoil ATF--best lube plus drops temp 75 degrees. i do not recommed flushing the tranny. contrary to popular belief, it is not necessary and could cause damage.
please, get the manual(haynes from auto zone for example) first to help w/ the little quirkes of your particular vehicle. best wishes in your new endeavor!
i wouldnt expect it to be unusually hard to do. most likely youre going to have to drop the whole pan. i usually use razors to clean the surfaces, be careful not to gouge the surfaces though. find the torque spec, inch-lb torque wrench, and torque the bolts if you dont like leaks. theres new transmission fluids out, i dont know if they help as much as synthetics. dextron/mercon III is the old stuff now. dextron/mercon IV is new but they typicly just says something like atf for ford/gm automatic transmissions on the bottle. the thing is many places may have both.