How to Fill a Manual Transmission With Fluid for a 2002 Ford Mustang


As of 2011, the Ford Mustang has been in production for well over 40 years. Although the original ideal of an affordable sporty car has not been toyed with, the Mustang's looks, platform and drivetrain have changed many times over the years. The 1999 to 2004 Mustangs look similar to the 1994 through 1999 models, but several exterior trim changes and engine horsepower upgrades were made. The 2002 Mustang is available with a manual transmission. The fluid level must be checked and topped off as necessary if a transmission leak is suspected.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 jack stands
  • Hydraulic jack
  • Rag
  • Socket set
  • Ratchet wrench
  • Plastic squeeze bottle
  • Mercon transmission fluid
  • Raise the car so that the undercarriage can be easily accessed. Use a hydraulic jack under the jacking points and jack stands placed under the frame to raise and support the car. Keep the car level.

  • Shut off the engine and allow it to cool for at least one hour before getting under the vehicle. Slide under the car and locate the transmission mounted longitudinally behind the engine.

  • Locate the filler plug found on the side of the transmission case. Clean the plug and the transmission case around the plug of any dirt or oil with a rag to keep contaminants from entering the transmission.

  • Remove the filler plug with a socket and ratchet wrench in a counterclockwise direction. Place the plug aside.

  • Fill a plastic squeeze bottle with transmission fluid. Insert the end of the bottle into the opening. Squeeze fluid into the transmission until the fluid level comes up to the bottom of the hole.

  • Replace the filler plug and tighten it. Wipe up any spills with a rag. Lower the car from the lift or jack stands.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use Mercon automatic transmission fluid to fill the manual transmission of V-6 powered 2002 Mustangs. Use Mercon synthetic automatic transmission fluid to fill the manual transmission of V-8 powered 2002 Mustangs.
  • Always use jack stands to support the car before getting underneath. Never get under a car that is supported only by a tire jack or hydraulic jack.

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