Last post on Mar 24, 2013 at 8:46 AM
You are in the Ford Crown Victoria/Mercury Grand Marquis
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Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Exterior, Sedan
#3283 of 3292 Re: Tranny fluid change independent shop or dealer [halo51]
Sep 28, 2012 (1:44 am)
Well, I personally think, a garage that is afraid to replace the tranny fluid because of "dripping problems" with the tranny after the fluid change would not be my garage for any further projects!! I even do all the Oil changes myself.. engine..power steering AND transmission oil and I´m not a mechanic!
And what means "unless it is necessary to so.."? Never wait till it´s necessary with a tranny fluid change, cause that might also be too late -and expensive-. Depending on your driving style, if you are often in stop and go, live in or close by a city and/ or like to drive "sporty", stick to the Police and taxi maintenance schedule (shorter intervals). Anyways, if it has never been changed yet, change it!!
The dealers usually just flush the transmissions these days and I guess, as they do it pretty often, it might be the better place. My Dad had his transmission on his Town Car flushed at a Ford place and it seemed to work good (price was around 120 $ including the oil)! BUT always check the fluid level when you are out the door of the garage and always check for a wet undercarriage when you arrive home and for stains the next morning! Things can happen, anywhere!
Another Question, do you have to have an "official 60000 mls check" because of a warranty or so or do you just want to have it checked according to the specs? If no "official check" is necessary, maybe check what has to be done by the books, then decide on what you wanna do and place your instructions at one or the other or different things on both dealers.
#3284 of 3292 Re: Tranny fluid change independent shop or dealer [mrlauderdale]
Sep 28, 2012 (1:03 pm)
" his transmission on his Town Car flushed "
Local Ford/Lincoln "flushed" the tranny in our 95 4.6 T Bird & in so doing blew the O ring seal around the transmission dipstick. They claimed a coincidence and charged me accordinly to fix that.
IMO the flushing is too powerful and the process doesn't involve a change of filter. Believe in dropping the tranny pan, changing the filter, new gasket, attach the pan & fill with oil. If the oil needs changing, so does the filter.
Nov 24, 2012 (2:22 am)
just purchased a 2002 Gm Gs it has the lacy spoked rims with the wider good year tires..arizona beige metallic ...95k miles..interior and exterior are in like brand new condition ...bought from a ford dealership, i paid 5k....i have only put 100 miles on it so far...it seems to ride very well...there is a slight pull to the right..
Nov 25, 2012 (3:39 am)
the GM also has a much better looking interior
#3287 of 3292 Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints?
Mar 21, 2013 (12:36 pm)
I have a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis that has 130,000 miles on it. It had 34,000 on it when I purchased it in 2005. Anyhow, today my mechanic replaced upper and lower ball joints on both sides. He said I may need tie rod ends and an alignment. Like a dummy, I didn't question him on that. I drove car 8 miles back to my house and nothing feels wrong. I mean there's no pulling or vibration or anything else. My question is: Should I get an alignment? Not to sound like a jerk, but I hope to only hear from those of you who know what you're talking about.
(I did an internet search about new ball joints, and half the people said an alignment is necessary and the other half said it wasn't.)
#3288 of 3292 Re: Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints? [tbeb]
Mar 21, 2013 (8:48 pm)
Would be helpful to know about the treadwear on your front tires. If the treadwear is even and satisfactory, I don't think an alignment is necessary at this time. If the camber, caster, toe in & toe out adjustment is affected by changing ball joints - I don't know how.
#3289 of 3292 Re: Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints? [euphonium]
Mar 22, 2013 (6:42 am)
Can't comment on front tire treadwear because I've only put 8 miles on them with the new ball joints.
#3290 of 3292 Re: Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints? [tbeb]
Mar 22, 2013 (10:37 am)
Reconsidering: New tires, new ball joints, & the mileage on the car - a front end alignment would be appropriate at this time.
#3291 of 3292 Maybe I am just
Mar 23, 2013 (7:23 am)
too critical, but I would align my front end once a year, simply as a form of good maintenance, to make sure my tires last as long as possible...if I changed front end parts or bought new tires, I would consider an alignment absolutely mandatory...don't be so damn cheap...
#3292 of 3292 Re: Do I need an alignment after replacing all ball joints? [tbeb]
Mar 24, 2013 (8:46 am)
Absolutely, you need an alignment.