How to Check the Transmission Fluid in a Mustang

by John Stevens J.D.

Transmission fluid is vital to the proper operation of a transmission. This fluid not only lubricates the moving parts of the transmission, it also acts as a coolant, protecting the transmission against fatal heat. Transmission fluid for Mustangs should be checked at least every six months or 6,000 miles.

Step 1

Park the vehicle on a level surface. Apply the parking brake.

Step 2

Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature.

Step 3

Shift the gear selector lever through all of the gears while maintaining pressure on the brake pedal.

Step 4

Place the transmission in the "Park" position.

Step 5

Wipe away all dirt and debris from the top of the transmission dipstick, using a clean rag. Pull the transmission dipstick from its tube. On a Mustang, the transmission dipstick is located on the passenger side of the engine, between the engine and the transmission. The top of the dipstick will be curled into a circle.

Step 6

Locate the transmission fluid level marks towards the tip of the dipstick. The fluid level should be above the "add" mark and just below the "full" mark.

Step 7

If required, add Ford automatic transmission fluid (Ford specification #ESW-M2C33-F / Type F) by pouring new fluid into the dipstick tube. Take care not to overfill the transmission.

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