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AWD Transfer Case fluid change

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by Smoke92, February 14, 2012.

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      Hey guys, I am going to change the front and rear diff fluid and the transfer case fluid on my 97 AWD 5.0 this weekend. I have done this before on my 04 4WD Ranger. I am assuming the explorer is the same as far as the diffs go. I was wondering what kind of fluid the transfer case takes and how to change it, being that is is AWD instead of 4WD. Also, do you have to use a suction gun through the fill plug on the front diff like on a Ranger? Thanks. BTW, what kind of fluid would the Transfer Case need?
       
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      pretty sure i used Mercon V, but couldnt get all 2 quartz in
      i didnt suction all the fluid out, just let it drain out of the drain bolt, filling it was a BEACH, i ended up running a tube all the way to the engine compartment and made my aunt poor fluid in while i held the tube in place. there are a few bad youtube videos, search for A1auto, maybe he has a nice one done
       
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      Cool, thanks for the video link. For some reason I was thinking the AWD used a viscous clutch setup so I was thinking it would use different fluid other than ATF like a regualr 4x4 case but I guess not. Are there any videos of doing a front diff fluid change out there? Doesn't seem like there is enough room to get the cover off.
       
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      The factory manual that came with mine says regular MERCON ATF 1.3 quarts for the AWD transfer case. Also make sure to get the friction modifier for the rear diff. I think it is about $8 at the dealership.
       
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      Yup, picked up a bottle at my local dealership, I spent $7.95 on it.

      Question I plan on doing the front diff in mine in the spring, does it too need the friction modifier?
       
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      No just the rear needs it.
       
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      OK, Thanks, just wanted to make sure. From looking at it, it will be a big PITA! Although it will be beneficial, because it most likely never been done on my truck with 157,xxx Miles on it.
       
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      I was able to pump it out with a cheap hand pump with some brake bleeding tubing shoved inside the gear lube pump tubing.
       

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