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Mercury Mountaineer, Engine, SUV
#3 of 12 I remember reading that as well
Jun 25, 2003 (7:07 pm)
which flatly stinks.
Jul 07, 2003 (1:07 am)
There is NO transmission fluid dipstick, the tranny is sealed for life, as in, you don't need to worry about it ever. Just like BMW's, and a few other manufacturer's.
#5 of 12 yeah, as in
Jul 11, 2003 (10:57 am)
when the fluid is gone, the life is over.
Jul 11, 2003 (1:06 pm)
When the fluid is gone, chances are the vehicle will be quite old already and needing replacement. The fluid used is not the kind to evaporate or just simply dissapear, so it's not an issue. BMW has been using this method of transmission for quite awhile already, and it's not an issue for them.
Worse case senario, something screws up in the transmission, they'll either have to open up or fix it and add fresh fluid, or simple install a new one.
#7 of 12 I haven't seen one yet
Jul 11, 2003 (2:52 pm)
My understanding is there is a drain plug that is removed. Part of the plug assembly is a verticle tube that stops at the correct level in the transmission. The transmission is set perfectly level and is slightly overfilled by pumping new fluid into the drain plug. Fill hose is removed and the excess is allowed to drain out. This sets the level.
#8 of 12 worst cases tend to happen after warranty
Jul 11, 2003 (4:30 pm)
and gaskets can fail, along with shaft seals. I still think it stinks. non-maintainable components should have a warranty for the life of the vehicle, as determined by the owner. fully transferable. period.
Jul 11, 2003 (6:21 pm)
I believe how it's designed, there's no gaskets that can leak because they aren't located in areas that hold the fluid, as in, the bottom area/sections are the areas that are sealed for life.
But I'm just reporting the news, I do know they are sealed for life. Not sure the specifics of it so don't quote me.
Jul 31, 2003 (2:16 pm)
So, I should be alarmed when my dealer does a trans service on my Mountaineer, and charges me for it, huh?
Jul 31, 2003 (2:43 pm)
Actually, I would ask him personally that I wanted to see EXACTLY what they planned to "check" on the tranny. If anything, they'll just run the computer to check if all is ok, and/or check around the tranny housing, check for any signs of any issue... THIS is what they might be charging for.... if anything.
Jul 31, 2003 (5:55 pm)
Good advice. I've already had it reflashed once, made all the difference.