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Considering changing the transmission fluid on my 2018 3.5L edge but cannot reach the transmission dip stick.

 

I've tried and tried to get to the transmission dip stick but cannot reach it under the large box that's to the left and feeds into the air cleaner.

 

Is there a procedure for removing or shifting this box?

 

The front of the car is at the top of the image.

 

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As per the Service Manual, except for the 2.7L, the dipstick should be accessible without removing the air box. I know with my previous 2011 MKX  that was nearly impossible to do. Attached are the procedures for Fluid checking and removing the air box.

 

Transmission Fluid Level Check.pdfAir

Cleaner Intake Air Distribution and Filtering - 3.5L Duratec R and I.pdf

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Still trying to get the air box off.

Took screws out and clamp off, then pulled hard but was afraid to break it.

Do you really have to pull that hard?

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Wiggle it.

 

Does it look like this video ?

 

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46 minutes ago, enigma-2 said:

 

Does it look like this video ?  

 

No.  Not even close.

It looks like the image below.

The top of the image is the front of the car.

There is no access to the transmission fluid.

 

 

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46 minutes ago, enigma-2 said:

 

 

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I've never looked into the engine compartment of a 2018 (enough to identify the transmission dipstick, but from what ive read in the owners manual (page 269) indicates it's in the same location as my 3.5L MKX. 

 

If you're close to your dealer, I'd stop and ask the service manager to show you how to check the tranny fluid. The owners manual shows it to just grab and pull, no disassembly needed. If it's different, let him figure it out. They love doing things like this. 

 

On my MKX 3.5, its to the left (viewing engine) and slightly in front of the air box. Yellow cap on top. Easy to get to. I'm wondering if yours was mounted in tbe wrong location?

 

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I can see it.

Yes, it's in the same location as your video.

 

There's no way to reach it, look at my picture.

No way to reach your hand in there.

 

 

 

 

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Ok, that was "fun".

 

By releasing the two screws and shoving the airbox over to the drivers side I was able to barely get my hand in and pull the dipstick out of the transmission.

The car was cold, I expected not to see any fluid on the dipstick, instead it was just past the full mark.

The fluid looked pink and smelled fine - no burn.

Then releasing the clamp and wrestling some the airbox came out fine.

 

Airbox wouldn't go back in. Couldn't get it down low enough and the screw holes wouldn't line up.

Realized the back rubber grommet was stuck to the bottom of the airbox.

Taking the grommet off the airbox and putting it back by the battery tray - then the airbox went back in.

 

So confident I can do the drain and fill now.

I'll measure and put back just what comes out.

 

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Man, that's just crazy. No way it should be thst difficult. I'd be pissed if it was that hard on mine.

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