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I changed the ATF on my other 92 bird with a 3.8 and an AOD about a year ago. Is it normal for the color to be almost all brown, barley red after just a year? There are no signs of slipping.

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How many miles did you drive during the year? A lot of stop and go traffic, or is the majority from freeway mileage? Does the vehicle have a transmission cooler?
 

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20,000 KM's stop and go more than highway, I can't smell it but some guy was trying to tell me it smelled burnt! I've never noticed any slipage and I really didn't smell anything.

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When you originaly changed it did you drain the TC and flush the lines. Otherwise, you only changed aboot 30 percent of your fluid. This might account for it turning color so quickly. I would give it a flush as a preventative measure.
 

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does the AOD have a drian plug? If not I doubt it was fully changed... the shop didn't even know about the AODE plug so they wouldnt have even done that unless I told them! Thanks, I think you figured it out!

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There is no drain plug for the transmission. You have to drop the pan. However there is a drain plug for the torque converter. On the bottom of the aluminium bellhousing you will see a rubber gromet. Remove it then spin the engine until you line up the tc drain plug. I think it's a 11 or 12 mm plug. The tc will take a long time to drain. Make sure you use a fluid that meets the mercon v specification.

Also make sure you do not discard the pan gasket. It is reusable! Those cork gaskets suck. I found out the hard way!

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