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Ford F 250 Transmission Fluid level

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Old 02-10-2019, 07:46 PM
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I have a 2002 F250 XL SD 4wd, 5.4L Automatic Trans. I just drained oil to replace filter, also pulled drain plug on torque convertor and drained it. The book says this truck holds 17.7 Quarts of fluid,,, I put in 16,,, thinking some old fluid stayed behind in the plumbing and cooling lines. When I check the dipstick,,,, the hash mark side shows it to be 1/2 to 2/3 up the markings,,,,, the smooth side of dipstick shows almost none,,,, or is dry. ??????????????? I looked around the inter-web under "trans dipstick one side dry" . There seems to a lot of this,, dry one side stuff out there. Some of the answers were: 1. fluid gets wiped off while pulling stick out,,,,2. stick is at an angle, so one side will read different,,,,3. only look at hash-mark/cross-hatch side, the smooth side is not meant to 'hold' oil for checking so ignore that side,,4. look at both sides, average together the high and low readings to get correct level 5. if one side is dry, it has a low fluid level,,
There might even be a couple more. So,,,,, what the ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,is it this hard to check trans. fluid levels ????
 
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:39 PM
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Odd that an 02 had a TC drain plug, built before?
Quite often when the unit is filled, inserting/removing the stick will collect fluid on the stick since the lube fill just made its way down through the neck. I always fill the correct amount, run the truck a bit, then let it have some ‘sit time’ for any/all lube to settle into the pan. After another warming, usually a recheck will yield the correct stick lube print, and on both sides..
Most times when the fluid is missing on either side of the stick, the fluid is still a tad low and generally a one sided stick is the result of fluid collected from the tube housing..
 
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:41 AM
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Yup had torq Conv drain,, and also the transmission pan has a drain,,,,, again,,, 2002 Ford F250 XL Super Duty, with plow package ,,, 5.4L Maybe the XL,,, or Super Duty,,, or Plow Package designation, puts a bigger gear grabber in the F-250,,, 17.7 quarts of transmixer fluid is a lot of juice for a 3/4 ton pick up truck,,, but it is what it is,,,,, Thanks for the info updates !!!!
 
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Old 02-11-2019, 11:19 AM
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Ford quit installing OE TC drains in 99, so it must have been a rebuilt unit.
4x4 also had a deeper/ higher volume pan..
 
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Old 02-11-2019, 12:23 PM
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?????? Well, I bought this truck 'new' off the lot from a Ford Dealer in 2002,,never had a wrench on Transmission until last Friday
 
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:42 PM
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Meant, 01 for the SD..
But if your 4R was an early build 02 it could have slipped through with a plug.. Most did not...
 

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Build date on door frame says 09/01,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,10th digit on VIN is 2,,,,,
 
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