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You can probably fill one from the T-port, but it could be on the messy side....I'm not sure what local auto parts store will have in the way of a ZF compatible fluid..Redline makes a ZF oil...J
 

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....I'm not sure what local auto parts store will have in the way of a ZF compatible fluid..Redline makes a ZF oil...J
Mercon SP is made in the same batches as ZF lifeguard 6 by Shell with just some red dye added to the Mercon. Ford also used the ZF 26hp (and derivatives) for a while...
The SP fluid is priced a little better than the ZF, but you can find more alternatives by searching for the Ford SP substitutes. All of course when out of warrantee and so on...
 

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I replaced the valve body assembly on my old Cayenne years back. While it wasn't a ZF (Aisin if I remember right) the fill procedure sounds the same. I just bought one of the smaller Motive power fill units, was something like $50. Has a curved end made for tasks just like this. I ended up cutting it off at a different angle to get it to fit, but it worked just fine.

Still it was a terribly messy job!!

Edit: something like this, ok it's now $65....
 

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Ok. The CSTC kit with 6 quarts of ZF Lifeguard, filter, gasket, and plugs came in. I completed the job but I think the fluid is either low or overfilled because it wasn't driving right and gave me a warning light. I was able to pump some 3 quarts up before it started leaking. Then I did the P-D-R thing repeatedly until the oil felt like a hot shower, pumped another 2 qts in and at just over 5 qts, it was hot and actively pouring out the fill hole. The car was as level as I could get it but slightly higher in the front I think (Rhino ramps front, jack & stands rear). Since the plugs are in the rear, that makes me think the fluid level may be slightly low. Do you guys have any suggestions?
 

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Nevermind. I re-read the instructions, saw that it needs to be checked while still running so I pumped the rest of the fluid in and then another 2 quarts... and she was still thirsty at 8 quarts so I'm probably still a half quart low. I put the plug in and started driving and she drives fine now. Note to anyone doing this, if you're doing it manually, you gotta be a pumping fiend. Pump the hell out of it. If you're getting close to max temps, run it for a bit, shut off, and if it's not overflowing, pump some more til it runs out, then run the engine again, doing the P-D-R thing repeatedly and pump some more in until it overflows then put the fill plug in quick before shutting the engine off or you'll have hot fluid all over. It was my first time doing a transmission like this. I'm used to conventional trannies with dipsticks and/or fill ports on the top or side. BTW the sticker on my trans says check it between 50-60 C... does anyone else's? I thought it was supposed to be 40-50 C?
 

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Nevermind. I re-read the instructions, saw that it needs to be checked while still running so I pumped the rest of the fluid in and then another 2 quarts... and she was still thirsty at 8 quarts so I'm probably still a half quart low. I put the plug in and started driving and she drives fine now. Note to anyone doing this, if you're doing it manually, you gotta be a pumping fiend. Pump the hell out of it. If you're getting close to max temps, run it for a bit, shut off, and if it's not overflowing, pump some more til it runs out, then run the engine again, doing the P-D-R thing repeatedly and pump some more in until it overflows then put the fill plug in quick before shutting the engine off or you'll have hot fluid all over. It was my first time doing a transmission like this. I'm used to conventional trannies with dipsticks and/or fill ports on the top or side. BTW the sticker on my trans says check it between 50-60 C... does anyone else's? I thought it was supposed to be 40-50 C?
you're technically suppose to have the scan tool hooked up to the car and wait for it to be at 55C then follow the process, its in the manual pg 50+507
 
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I have never used a scan tool in my life for this...It should be about the temp of a hot shower..I have done hundreds and hundreds of these...It is automatic transmission fluid level and not an IV...Jason
 
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