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2015-2017 F150: Transmission Fluid and Filter (6R80)

Time: approx 1 hr

Difficulty: moderate-difficult (the cooler line can be a bugger to disconnect)

Cost: $100-250


An automatic transmission is a complex hydraulic pump with gears, clutches, bearings, valves, and actuators. The fluid in an automatic transmission is used to apply pressure, transfer torque, clean, cool, lubricate, and activate components. To perform its function, it needs to be in peak condition.


Replacing the filter and fluid often can prevent one of the costliest repairs you can experience on a vehicle, the transmission. Heat, shearing forces, contaminates, and wear cause automatic transmission fluid to lose its protective properties. As the fluid additives and properties break down, temperatures increase, clutches wear, flow restricts, and components fail.


Ford recommends exchanging the transmission fluid at 150,000 miles, but staying ahead of the maintenance schedule on this one would be prudent.

The transmission fluid and filter should be replaced on-condition, but industry standard is anywhere from 30-60,000 miles, depending on driving conditions. Heavy start/stop traffic, hills, towing, extreme temperatures, etc warrant earlier service, while long-distance flat-driving can stretch out the interval.

What does on-condition mean? New fluid is pink/red and opaque. Spent fluid is brown to black and has a horrible burnt smell. You obviously want to replace it before it gets to that point.


Drop the pan, replace the filter, install the pan, and add the appropriate fluid amount. Ideally, you would then proceed into a complete transmission fluid exchange. If not, start the vehicle and set the fluid level accordingly.

F150 Filter -

F150 Flush -

The video below shows the fluid exchange on a 2016 Ford F150 pickup with the 6-speed 6R80 transmission.

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Transmission Pan Gasket

Transmission pan gasket, 6R80

Mercon LV

Mercon LV ATF, 5 qt bottle

3/8" Speed Handle

3/8" drive speed handle. Retain sense of feel while inserting nuts & bolts with speed.

Impact Driver Socket Adapters

1/4", 3/8", and 1/2" Socket Adapters for 1/4" Impact Driver

Disposable Gloves

8mil disposable work gloves

Medium Threadlocker

Permatex Medium Strength Threadlocker BLUE

Transmission Filter

Buy your transmission filter directly from the dealer to confirm vehicle fit.

Bucket Pump

5-gallon bucket pump

Inch-pound Torque Wrench

20-150 in lbs torque wrench. 1/4" drive.

Makita Drill & Driver Combo

Brushless 1/4" Impact and 1/2" Drill Combo (5.0Ah)

Disposable Shop Towels

Scott Blue Shop Towels in a Box


Aerosol brake and parts cleaner

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