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Old 04-02-2015, 06:33 AM
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If yours is like the picture above, drain is D and C is fill. If you plan to drop the pan though, get a new gasket, filter and bolts (they come with locktite on them, or clean and reuse/re-locktite them). Also grab the sleeve gasket as you can only change this with the pan dropped (there is a youtube video showing this nicely). The sleeve gasket is the one on the electrical connector going into the tranny. Yours is probably leaking or weeping too.

If you are only draining/filling, the key is to make sure you fill at the right temperature. Do not do it cold and hope all will be well. The big fill port is like a raised lip with a big plastic tee over top. You shove the fill hose in and to one side. When its at the right temp and you've run through the gear selection process as you've filled it, the fluid will fill to the raised lip and start to drip out. Again, at the correct temperature. If for some reason you feel compelled to shut your vehicle off with the fill plug open - don't. No really, don't. You will quickly realize how fast hot fluid can exit that orifice.

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LVP, I did confirm that my transmission drain plug looks like the one in the picture. Do you know the part # for the sleeve gasket you are referring to? I couldn't find it on the online catalog. Thanks! Did you just use a temperature probe to get temp of fluid when you were filling up?

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If yours is like the picture above, drain is D and C is fill. If you plan to drop the pan though, get a new gasket, filter and bolts (they come with locktite on them, or clean and reuse/re-locktite them). Also grab the sleeve gasket as you can only change this with the pan dropped (there is a youtube video showing this nicely). The sleeve gasket is the one on the electrical connector going into the tranny. Yours is probably leaking or weeping too.

If you are only draining/filling, the key is to make sure you fill at the right temperature. Do not do it cold and hope all will be well. The big fill port is like a raised lip with a big plastic tee over top. You shove the fill hose in and to one side. When its at the right temp and you've run through the gear selection process as you've filled it, the fluid will fill to the raised lip and start to drip out. Again, at the correct temperature. If for some reason you feel compelled to shut your vehicle off with the fill plug open - don't. No really, don't. You will quickly realize how fast hot fluid can exit that orifice.

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I'll try to answer this one. The sleeve is part #1 on the attached image. The best way to measure fluid temp is to attach computer running INPA software, but I always got good results using simple infrared thermometer.
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I'll try to answer this one. The sleeve is part #1 on the attached image. The best way to measure fluid temp is to attach computer running INPA software, but I always got good results using simple infrared thermometer.
Thanks Axgordon!! Did you point the infrared thermometer at transmission housing or by the fill hole?
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Point it to the middle of the pan.
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Old 04-03-2015, 10:43 PM
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Here is the video showing how to get the sleeve out. It may be hard, but his instructions work. Just be patient.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hkpu...NYdPw&index=28

And thanks axgordon for looking up the part
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Easy DIY

Just wanted to let you know I finally got a chance to change my trans fluid. Thanks for the tips guys! They were really helpful. It was easy to do with the instruction provided from this forum. I did let the oil drain overnight and it was helpful. After I dropped the pan, there was still oil dripping very slowly. Put a cardboard or something so you don't get your floor dirty!

As far as torque spec.
I torqued my pan bolts to 10-11Nm Size: 25mm torx socket
Drain plug at 12Nm Size: 5mm hex socket
and fill plug at 80Nm Size: 17mm hex socket

I also replaced the filter and installed the sleeve that was mentioned. Just a little tip for future DIY. I had trouble pushing the plastic tab (lock) back in place once new sleeve installed and problem was it wasn't pushed in all the way. Also, don't forget to coat the o-ring on the sleeve so it goes in smoothly. I pushed the sleeve in and at the same time pushed the plastic tab up to lock. Drained about 5.5qt of fluids and filled up close to 5,.5qt of ZF lifeguard 6. I also used external infrared thermometer as mentioned in this thread. Transmission is much smoother. Worth the work and $200 spent.

One other thing I would recommend is get new pan bolts! i think there are 20. I used my old one but If i could, I would go back and purchase new ones. When I was tightening the bolts some were rusted and were getting stripped in the process, and I was being careful. I purchased the trans change kit so it already came with new filter, (2) magnets, paper gasket, drain and fill plug.

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Old 04-17-2015, 03:29 PM
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http://www.zf.com/media/media/docume...28_Catalog.pdf

http://www.zf.com/media/media/docume...hselkit_EN.pdf

https://youtu.be/brx6aIMOMG4

theres a white tab on the passenger side rear of the solenoid body that unlocks the seal when pulled down and out for the harness so you can replace that aswell

all info was found in 2 minutes of searching in google
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Did mine a month ago. Now it's time to drain and refill again with more new ATF. Will do it once more in another month, to dilute the old AFT as much as possible, with the new fully synthetic fluid (at a fraction of the cost of the genuine ATF which is semi synthetic). All good so far, except for a harsh change from 1st to second when she's cold, but that was there before and I believe the trans may require a software update or something. I just live with it and warm up the car for 2 minutes before taking off.
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I just replaced the plastic trans pan on my 09 35d with a metal pan for a Ford Raptor, 6R80 so I can just drain and replace the filter next time instead of the expensive ZF pan.
I did a write up on it I could share but its a 1.4meg pdf that the forum says its to big to upload. i thought premier members could upload larger files?
If so how do i do this?
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