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Old 02-14-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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AWD Transfer Case fluid change

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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Old 02-14-2012, 01:47 AM   #2
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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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JLSparky7 Made a good video about it....

heres a link... http://youtu.be/rtyMLI16KfU




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Old 02-14-2012, 06:29 PM   #4
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Look in the owner manual to see what it takes (page 223)...
If you don't have the manual, get one free from here: https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenan...ls/default.asp

PS: Strictly technical, AWD has a central differential, not a regular transfer case. It is called the same so it does not confus epeople.
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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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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.
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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No just the rear needs it.
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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