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twelle, Parkville, MD, August 06, 2009, 08:46
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Where do I add the transmission fluid for a lincoln aviator, it does not have a dip-stick?

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    August 06, 2009, 09:12
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    Your transmission could be one that is "sealed-for-life". Do you have your owner's manual? You can check to see what Lincoln recommends officially for the interval to inspect and change the transmission fluid.

    Why do you want to add transmission fluid? Is it behaving strangely?

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    Visitor, March 02, 2010, 19:10

    You cant its sealed take it to a transmission shop to replace fluid and filter @ $125.00.

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    Visitor, August 23, 2010, 10:15

    i had the same question about a year ago, the answer is that you have to take it to the Lincoln dealership, they are the only ones with the tool that can get to it. it's bs! i will never buy a lincoln again!!! have had so many problems, i could have bought a new RELIABLE car by now!!!

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    Visitor, September 01, 2010, 06:22

    there is a large drain plug on your trans pan,in the center of it is an allen head plug, while engine is running (warmed up an trans. in park) remove allen plug-if any fluid dribbles out then your ok- if not,( i used an empty gear lube bottle with the tapered cap,filled it with mercon5 ) stik the tapered spout up the removed plug hole an squeeze as much mercon 5 in as you can,then pull away an let exccess run out- have a pan under trans to catch excess--be sure to re-install plug b-4 shutting engine off,or u lose fluid an trans will be low again................a hassle but what else can u do ,pay $125...............1 of ford's better IDEA'S............................... HAROLD

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    Visitor, September 21, 2010, 12:29

    Harold, I have a 2004 Aviator recently from time to time when I put it in drive it will not move, I have to put it in neutral and back to drive and then the gear will engage, also sometimes while driving the gear or something seems to hang up and it slows down until whatever it is releases and it start to drive normal again. Any ideas!

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    Visitor, September 23, 2010, 10:24

    I also have a 2004 Aviator with the same issues. I thought my tranie was going to not sure if I should start to look around now on getting rid of it!

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    Visitor, September 28, 2010, 13:28

    omg the same thing happened to me today!! i'm so ready to get rid of this p.o.s!! 03 aviators are shit! i have replaced the window regulators on all four doors and the drivers twice in 2 years!! the friggen thing only has 97000 miles!!!! i hate it!!

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    Visitor, November 24, 2010, 11:45

    The Aviator transmission fills through the drain pan. Once its full it starts to spill out and you insert the plug.

    On the tranny, we had the same problem as not engaging into Drive, or coming out of drive. It was the shift linkage that needed adjustment to firmly engage Drive. Transmission itself was perfect. Since adjusted not a single problem.

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    Visitor, March 21, 2011, 13:23

    I agree with all you guys. i have an 2003 aviator and the p.o.s has cost me too much money to keep it running on the streets, and to top it of, i changed the transs oil 3 teams already and it was done by the ford dealer and the freaking thing is still acting up. I'm goin back to chevy. Ford suks.

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    February 15, 2011, 12:32
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    WELL LET ME START BY SAYING I ASSUMED IT COULD BE DONE AND LOW AND BEHOLD IT CAN BE I WENT BY AMMCO AND TALKED RYAN AND WHAT HAS TO BE DONE IS THE T30 PLUG IN THE DRAIN PLUG ON THE BOTTOM OF THE TRANS PAN HAS TO BE REMOVED AFTER EACH QT IS PUMPED INTO TRANS REINSTALL THE T30 PLUG HAND TIGHT THE FLUID HAS TO BE PUMPED INTO THE TRANS IN THIS MANNER. AUTO ZONE SELLS A SMALL HAND PUMP THAT SCREWS ONTO A GALLON JUG ITS AROUND 8 DOLLARS THEN THE MERC 5 FLUID IS PLACED INTO THE GALLON JUG THEN PUMPED INTO PAN USING THE PUMP WHILE THE ENGINE IS RUNNING YES THE ENGINE HAS TO BE RUNNING. AFTER PUMPING ABOUT A QUART PLACE PARKING BRAKE ON THEN RUN THE GEAR SELECTOR THROUGH THE REVERSE AND DRIVE POSITION SEVERAL TIMES THEN PUMP SOME MORE FLUID INTO TRANS THEN DO THE TRANS SELECTOR AGAIN SEVERAL TIMES INTO REVERSE AND DRIVE , THEN PUMP MORE FLUID AFTER ABOUT 5 OR 6 TIEMS DOING THIS AND ABOUT 6 QUARTS ARE REPLACED INTO TRANS YOU WILL NOTICE THE TRANS GOING INTO GEAR THEN CONTINUE ADDING FLUID UNTIL IT ACTUALLY STARTS TO FLOW OUT OF THE FIL L HOLE AS IF ITS UNDER A SLIGHT PRESSURE THEN YOU WIL L HAVE FILLED IT TO THE PROPER LEVEL , REINSTALL THE T30 PLUG THEN YOUR GOOD TO GO

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    Visitor, June 14, 2011, 19:21

    You are very close to the correct procedure and your way works, but there is a step that makes it easier. If you pump fluid in through the bottom, run it, then let the excess fluid back out you risk blowing a seal. Take the center part out of the drain plug just as you said. Now, If you look high on the tail of the transmission, facing the rear, you will find a plug which takes an allen wrench. Remove the rear plug also. After making sure that it is SAFE, and your vehicle will not move, Start the vehicle. Begin pumping fluid in the rear hole until it runs out the hole in the drain plug. Once it runs out the drain plug replace the screw, get inside, and shift it through the gears. To be extra sure you should repeat the procedure atleast once to make sure it is full, but not overfull. Good Luck!

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    visorclown, February 15, 2013, 05:49
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    Can anyone elaborate on where that drain plug on the rear of the trans might be exactly? Because it sounds a little easier to do that way. Thanks.

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    Visitor, March 21, 2011, 14:13

    well i went to autozone and purchased the book for that vehicle then i purchased the small transfer plastic hand pump 5.97 dollars the book was 24 dollars that screws onto the one gallon jug dextron 5 oil jug and then changed the pan gasket and filter . then i took the center plug out of the drain plug, i trimmed the plastic fitting that came with the transfer pump so it would lodge itself in the hole then proceeded to fill the pan running the engine at the same time, then i would run the gear selector through all the gears several times after placing the park brake on then proceeded with the pumping after several times of this process i would remove the plastic fitting to check to see if it was full. the final indication that it was full was it was flowing out of the center drain plug under pressure and no air bubbles , the fluid has to be clear of the air bubbles and a pressurized flow of fluid comming out of the center plug to indicate it was full. then i test drove it then rechecked it . and had to add a little more and then test frove it again , pretty much it was not worth the time and hassle tro do it myself but was a truly a learning experience.

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