Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: RENO NV
Bronco Info: 93 XLT, 5.8, E4OD, manual Xfer & hubs
A friend of mine who's career has been a Ford truck mechanic put me onto the folly of replacing tranny filters. He claimed he'd cut many filters apart and over 25 years never saw one he could even remotely call dirty. Think just re-torquing the pan bolts would have stopped your leak? My friend insists pulling pans, especially older vehicles can be a recipie for a rebuild. He says in the past he's had to rebuild Ford trannys for free that wouldn't back out of the stall after a filter and fluid change. The crap in the bottom of the pan is safe there but if you break something loose, it only takes something tiny to jam a check ball in place and precipitate a rebuild. Just some advice for FSB owners...if your tranny is working good and you haven't changed fluid in a long time...do it now! Our trannys are huge and expensive to have rebuilt. The flush method above only takes about 20 minutes and you hardly get dirty doing it that way and you'll likely have to rebuild your engine before your tranny if you maintain it.