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Transmission flush 1997 Explorer #4685369
03/05/18 05:30 PM
03/05/18 05:30 PM
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Raleigh-Durham NC
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I have 191,000 miles on my Explorer have flush the transmission every 30,000 miles. I do it myself thru the transmission cooler pumping 2 quarts out pouring 2 quarts in. Has been a Great SUV! Will I benefit using Mercon V over regular Mercon?

Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: racer44] #4685374
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Why only two quarts? You could do the whole amount using that method pretty easily and only have to do it every 50k, at the most. Upgrading the a newer version of fluid won't hurt anything and may help the transmission run cooler.

Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: racer44] #4685386
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Does your transmission have a drain plug? If not, Dorman might make an aftermarket pan that has one, making future ATF changes much easier smile

There is nothing wrong with using Mercon V over regular Mercon, but you may wish to consider using a full synthetic ATF like the popular Maxlife

Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: racer44] #4685396
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When I do the transmission flush I run 14 quarts thru the system and move the gear selector thru all the gears while doing the flush.

Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: racer44] #4685423
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Did a drain & fill on friend'sExplorer, '04 V-6 @ 57K. The 5 qt which drained wasn't too bad.
Used Mercon V. The family also had a '97 F-150 and the Mercon spec was superseded to Mercon V.
Rigged a pressurized bottle to fill through "that thing" mounted in the oil pan.

What's that fitting called?

Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: racer44] #4685554
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Originally Posted By: racer44
I have 191,000 miles on my Explorer have flush the transmission every 30,000 miles. I do it myself thru the transmission cooler pumping 2 quarts out pouring 2 quarts in. Has been a Great SUV! Will I benefit using Mercon V over regular Mercon?


I'd stick with what you are doing, it's working!


I'm a thickie; but a 20 has its place.

I use AMSOIL

Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 138k, SS 5w30/Amsoil

His: 2015 4Runner 41k, OE 5w20/Wix

Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: racer44] #4685711
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I had a 2002 Explorer. I just used regular Pennzoil DEX III. Flushed about every 40K.


make the inside of your engine oil cap white.
don't use.
Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: racer44] #4685712
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Originally Posted By: racer44
I have 191,000 miles on my Explorer have flush the transmission every 30,000 miles. I do it myself thru the transmission cooler pumping 2 quarts out pouring 2 quarts in. Has been a Great SUV! Will I benefit using Mercon V over regular Mercon?

Only Mercon V for these transmissions. If you have the v6 w/ 5R44E, These transmissions have a temperature valve, so you aren't flushing the converter unless you are at operating temperature.

Last edited by ford46guy; 03/05/18 10:34 PM.

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Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: racer44] #4685797
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The Mercon V is an improvement over the Mercon. Besides being a synthetic blend it likely has a stronger add package than most conventional Mercons. Merc V shears at about half the rate of Mercon. So your fluid will last longer. By around 2003 Ford was recommending Mercon V in most of its formerly Mercon transmissions. With cheap SuperTech Mercon V at $4.25/qt (it meets Ford approvals), no reason not to use it or a similar specced fluid. After 30K miles the Mercon would probably shear down from 7.4 to 4.0-4.5 cSt. While the Merc V might still be around 5.0-6.0. A full synthetic like Mobil 1 ATF would probably end up around 6.5-6.8. The Mercon V would maintain its transmission hydraulic characteristics longer than the Mercon...which would benefit better shifting and less wear & tear.



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Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: racer44] #4685807
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I wouldn't say there is a benefit, but Mercon V will work fine.

These transmissions aren't that picky...they just like clean fluid.

A friend recently bought a '96 with a 4R55E and 127K miles...we filled with Maxlife after a pan drop.


2002 Ford Ranger XLT | 3.0 V6 / 5-Speed Automatic / 2WD | 216K miles
1994 Ford Ranger STX | 4.0 V6 / 5-Speed Manual / 4X4 | 199K miles
Re: Transmission flush 1997 Explorer [Re: slacktide_bitog] #4686027
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Originally Posted By: slacktide_bitog
Does your transmission have a drain plug? If not, Dorman might make an aftermarket pan that has one, making future ATF changes much easier smile

There is nothing wrong with using Mercon V over regular Mercon, but you may wish to consider using a full synthetic ATF like the popular Maxlife

No drain plug on the factory pan, but Dorman does make a pan with a plug.


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