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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-07-2004, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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About to get Mercon V

Im about to get mercon V instaled in my 96 3.8 v6.
a few quistions

what a good price to get it installed?
is there some special way u have to put it in? or is it normal like other cars?
how much do i need?
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Originally posted by baseer
what a good price to get it installed?
is there some special way u have to put it in? or is it normal like other cars?
how much do i need?
price? free. you can do it yourself. see if you can round up some tccoa guys that live near you if you need help. check the tech articles for flushing tranny fluid. why dont you do the jmod while your at it? i think you will need 12 quarts, or if you plan to add a tranny cooler (like a good boy), then 13.

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Honestly, the best route would be for you to put it in yourself. The m5 itself cost about $32, and you'll need a filter, about, um..., $15 methinks. There is no special way to put it in, just like normal. One thing you should consider is a tranny cooler. Its a practicly mandatory upgrade. This is also quite possible to do by yourself, but a trans shop can do it too. Look in the tech articles for more about both subjects.
Oh, and without a trans cooler, 12 quarts, with, about 13 quarts.
I couldn't tell you about shop costs, maybe someone else can,
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-07-2004, 11:48 PM
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Well, to do everything for my trans...it was about $2100. That included the transgo shift kit and the cooler. However to only do the rebuild was about $1700.

To just install the transcooler...its prob $150 or so. It shouldnt be no more than that. I honestly dont think its that much though. I cant tell you the exact price since I got everything in a bulk bill.

It seems pretty easy for you to install though. I just had no time/lift to do it.

Good luck.


PS I went to cottman transmissions. They are nationwide and provided me a 1 yr/12k warranty on the trans.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-08-2004, 10:33 PM Thread Starter
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im 16, and honestly, i dont know sh1t about changing transmission or even the oil for that matter.
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Ford dealer was around $130 for a drain and refill, when I paid to have mine done 4 years ago (yes, I do it myself now). Be persistent about getting the Mercon V, though, and not just a Mercon/Dexron swap with Lubeguard Mercon V property converter/additive. That happened to me once. Mercon V has a very distinct smell, almost burnt smelling when new, like axle/gear lube. Some quickie oil change shops will do the fluid flush for less than that, but I haven't found one yet that uses Motorcraft Mercon V, and I've had some bad experiences with a few of them for just a simple oil chage.

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do it yourself man and do the jmod while your at it. i got the jmod parts, b&m trans cooler and all the mercon v and little odds and ends need to do the mod for a little less than $150. me and a friend did the mod, installed the cooler and flushed the trans in about 3 hours in front of my house on jack stands. i have never changed trans fluid or even dropped a trans pan before this. it was very easy. the tech articles tell you exactly what you have to do every step of the way. you will be very pleased with the end result.


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If you don't know what you are doing, then don't do it yourself.

I understand that people just getting into cars don't know much, and the worst thing you can do is try to do something without reading up on it and screw it up.

Surely there is a fellow tbirder in the Raleigh area that can help you out, and do it for cheap or free.

I can change tranny oil in these cars in 30 minutes tops, and most of that time is waiting for the torque converter to stop dripping.

Buy yourself a ford shop manual to familiarize yourself with the car, then let someone show you how to do it the right way, that is how you learn.

Also install a tranny cooler on there.

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