Transmission leak

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MVannover

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I've have a V-8 2008 Sport Trac Adrenalin with the 4.6 V-8 and 129K miles on the clock. I have a transmission leak and it appears to becoming from a Torx bolt at the lower right side at the back of the transmission. I don't have a Torx socket to fit it yet, but I think it could be sealed. I'm pretty sure the transmission is low on fluid and needs changing. However, I can not find any fill port. This does not appear to be the 5R55S transmission with the cast aluminum pan with the drain/fill port. It is a flat steel pan. I don't see any way to drain it with out dropping the pan, but more importantly, I can find no way to fill the transmission with fluid. Can anyone provide the information/procedure to change the transmission fluid?

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Marty Vanover
Tucson, AZ
 

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EddieS'04

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Right hand side front, above the pan. There is a cap or plug. Remove it and you will find a short plastic dip stick.
You have to check level hot and running. Watch dont get burned from the exhaust. If the level is correct. When you drop the pan. Measure the amount of drained fluid. Put that amount back in. easier. A peice of 1/2" garden hose on a funnel up top will work for refill.
 

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Thanks for the info! I think I saw something like a long hex plug on the right side. I guess that's it. Yeah, the exhaust is close.
 

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I have the same year (not Adrenalin) with the 4.6. I had the same issue and no where near the mileage. Mine has 83K on it. I got tired of the ATF leaks on my garage floor and/or drive way. I figured it was time to get the transmission serviced, including a new gasket. Had it flushed (which cost more), filter changed and gasket replaced. You are NOT going to stop that leak with some sort of shade-tree gooey gasket stuff. That's a nice truck which still holds very good value. If it was me (and it was), I'd "bite-the-bullet" and service it correctly and have a new gasket installed. After all, it does have 129,000 miles on it.
 

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I have an 09. I had a transmission leak but only when I let it sit for a few days. Turned out it was the power cable that goes into the tranny. FORD knows the problem but won't cover it. It's a $30 part but cost over $250 ( gasket, fluid , new connector, filter, and labor) to repair
 

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I think the 4.6 v8 have the 6 speed transmission, so you right that you aren’t looking at a 5r55s.
 

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That electrical ( Bulk head) connector seal is known for leaking...… Google it.
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07-08 6R60
09-10 6R80
 

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Thanks for the inputs! I pulled the suspect bolt. The boss in the transfer case is much larger than the bolt diameter. The boss was dry. I assume some weird airflow moved the fluid up to the bolt area. The majority of the fluid is at the aft end of the pan. I tightened the bolts in the area, but think that Emory is right, it's probably the pan gasket. Interesting that the pan is embossed that the gasket is re-usable. I think not in my case. I will look for the bulkhead connector. I saw no other places where there was fluid apparent. I'll try to check the fluid level and change out the gasket this weekend. I did find 6R embossed on the tranny housing. I thought all the 6Rs were six speeds, but mine only has 4 speeds plus the overdrive.
 

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Just to follow up. I tightened the aft pan bolts and the leak stopped. I'm going to replace the pan gasket when I have the tranny flushed out. My weekend got disrupted and I couldn't change out the fluid. Thanks to every one who responded for the guidance given.
 

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