Niagara Gazette — TOM: What does your owners manual recommend for mileage/time intervals? My recommendation is to drain and refill the transmission with a new filter every 30,000 miles or 24 months, whichever comes first. If the fluid looks good (red and clear), then let it go until the next mileage or time interval. If you do service it, have the transmission flushed, replace the filter, and refill it with good quality recommended trans fluid. After re-filling, check the level and top off as needed. Good luck.
WAYNE, HILLSBORO, Ore.: I own a ‘95 Ford Windstar. There’s no hot air from the heater; I replaced the thermostat and still got no heat. Is there air trapped in the system? How do I solve this dilemma? I’m cold!
TOM: The 3.8 engine in Windstar and Taurus are extremely hard to get all the air out of the cooling system after thermostat replacement. Here’s how to bleed the cooling system of air after having opened it. Once the thermostat is installed, take off the radiator cap and allow the engine to reach operating temperature. When it reaches operating temperature, raise the rpm's up to about 1500 and hold it there for one minute. During this procedure coolant and air will burp out of the radiator and go all over the place. As the coolant level drops, continue to add coolant until the system doesn't burp anymore. Once this is accomplished, you have purged the system of air and it’s time to put the radiator cap back on and let the engine idle. You should have heat at this point. If not, check the heater hoses for equal hotness. If one is cold and the other hot, the core is plugged with sediment and should be replaced. I wish you success.
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