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'Ford Escort 97' manual transmissions use ATF fluid. Same as an automatic transmission. This was done to keep people from complaining of stiff shifting when below zero temps. Even though this is how it was done with 70-90 weight for 90 years before. People have become less impatient to let their vehicle warm up first, and transmission would take longer to warm up to normal shifting effort. You Need: Just under 4 quarts. With Vehicle up on ramps secured, you will see a forward facing fill plug. Main tool: A 23 mm socket attached to long 3/8 drive ratchet or breaker bar. The drain at the bottom is the same. Drain into a 5 quart pan and protect area under pan with large 3' x 3' cardboard from splashing fluid. To lesson splashing, raise the pan closer to drain plug. Could use small furniture dolly to set pan on to move it in place and be able to roll out the pan when it's full. Draining Fluid: Prepare all the following prior to raising vehicle. Make sure person knows the square root of 37 before starting this mission. If person is found a day later by neighbors, this proves they are not qualified to start the mission when vehicle was removed from persons face. Changing any fluid hot, removes 98% of debris. Cold, and bottom of case will look like your coffee cup after dunking cookies. Wear rubber gloves, and also recommend using a screen mesh over the top of pan. An old wool sweater will work 100% supported by screen so as fluid hits it full force hot, it will not splash entering the pan. It will also catch the drain plug if you drop it. Adjust pan for best position while draining. This is hot ATF, and flows like water. While fluid is draining: Prepare next steps. Go to fridge and select one ice cold beer, while draining is complete. Refilling: Leave drain plug out, and add small amount of fresh oil to move out any old. Replace drain plug. Filling with oil will be a challenge with the position the fill plug is in. You will see that Amsoil sells a hand pump to go with, that attaches to their jugs. This could come in handy for rear ends and other service work. From lawn mowers etc. Plan B: You can use a small funnel with 1/2 inch opening. Or similar sizes that fit together. The set-up needs to be flexible to reach transmission fill hole while routed from above. Force fit a clear poly hose 24" - 30" inches long onto funnel. Insert a short 3/8" poly hose into end of 1/2" hose that will now insert into fill plug. Fill hole is roughly 1/2" opening. You will route the hose to transmission from above with funnel attached. It will now be able to simply fill the transmission from the engine bay next to the aircleaner. Snake from above the hose down near the fill hole. From under the vehicle, insert hose into fill hole and secure it without any kinks in the hose. Add the first 3 quarts and check the level, or add more till You see it start to flow out past the fill plug and hose. Your done. Clean up the mess, and secure old fluid into a closed container and bring to any service shop to recycle in their tanks. Laundry jugs work well with larger fill opening. If vehicle has over 130,000 miles, I would upgrade to synthetic 70-90 weight. This is what's called damage control. The transmission is worn out compared to a new one, so get your moneys worth out of it if it still is in working condition. Use the ATF for now for 200 miles to clean the gear box, and drain and upgrade. Now your good for another 130,000.

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