Can you add trans fluid through dipstick pipe rather than pumping it up through the transmission pan on a 1999 ford explorer?

Asked by Aug 07, 2016 at 08:42 PM about the 1999 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUV

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

12 Answers

52,535

If it has a dipstick pipe you can add fluid there. Be careful and do not overfill.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
Best Answer Mark helpful

Thank you Bob. I do believe I have overfilled it. Should I remove the pan to drain? I don't see a plug on the pan in order to let trans fluid out.

257,445

You can get a syphon and use a hose diameter to fit down the dipstick tube to suck out what you need.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Great thanks!

20,410

Siphon out the extra fluid from the fill tube on the passenger side of the vehicle near the firewall. You may have to use a couple to reduce the size of the tubing to get down into the pan area. The opening at the bottom is just large enough to allow the dip stick to enter. Check fluid level when hot as it expands under driving conditions.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Can you tell me where this part (pictured) goes? It was in my drain pan after I removed the transmission oil pan. Thank you.

20,410

I've seen similar items, different shapes, in the pan of other Ford Transmissions. If I am correct it is inserted into the filler neck of the transmission (from the bottom inside) when the vehicle is assembled at the factory. When the dip stick is inserted, it shoves it out into the pan. This would indicate the transmission fluid and the filter has not been changed seventeen years. Buy a filter.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Yes, you are correct. Did some more research that is exactly what I found out. Replacing filter. Thanks!

52,535

OJ is correct, that is a plug used to close off the filler hole until a dipstick and tube is installed at the factory. Just discard it

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Onel last question: how many quarts of trans fluid do I put in? The manual says 13 qt and that can't be right??? I'm thinking 4-5 qt.

52,535

I would have measured what I drained out. 13 qt. includes what is contained in the torque converter and it will not drain when removing the pan. 4 or 5 quarts will be a pretty good guess.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
20,410

After installing the filter and replacing the pan fill the transmission until the fluid shows a little below the full line. Drive the car around the neighborhood until the tranny gets to operating temp. Now check again. Fluid expands when hot, so it will rise on the stick. Do not overfill.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Explorer

Looking for a Used Explorer in your area?

CarGurus has 67,246 nationwide Explorer listings starting at $1,295.

ZIP:

Ford Explorer Experts

  • #1
    OJ
    Reputation
    11,020
  • #2
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    4,390
  • #3
    tennisshoes
    Reputation
    2,560
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
839 Great Deals out of 70,335 listings starting at $700
Used Ford Expedition
348 Great Deals out of 18,226 listings starting at $1,989
Used Chevrolet Tahoe
693 Great Deals out of 41,240 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford F-150
2,488 Great Deals out of 193,509 listings starting at $799
Used Dodge Durango
238 Great Deals out of 22,433 listings starting at $895
Used Toyota 4Runner
257 Great Deals out of 22,448 listings starting at $1,750
Used Nissan Pathfinder
372 Great Deals out of 26,356 listings starting at $1,050
Used GMC Yukon
427 Great Deals out of 22,354 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,218 Great Deals out of 167,675 listings starting at $1,000

Used Cars For Sale

2018 Ford Explorer For Sale
361 listings starting at $32,531
2017 Ford Explorer For Sale
88 Great Deals out of 40,619 listings starting at $19,650
2016 Ford Explorer For Sale
87 Great Deals out of 3,755 listings starting at $14,989
2015 Ford Explorer For Sale
271 Great Deals out of 6,524 listings starting at $11,999
2014 Ford Explorer For Sale
208 Great Deals out of 4,921 listings starting at $9,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.