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Lincoln Corsair: Automatic Transmission - 8-Speed Automatic Transmission – 8F35/8F40 / Diagnosis and Testing - Preliminary Inspection


The preliminary inspection is part of Automatic Transmission Diagnosis. The preliminary inspection is used to find obvious causes for transmission concern.

Underhood Inspection

  1. Look for missing or damaged air induction components.
  1. Inspect the transmission wire harness for proper routing. Make sure the harness is not chafed or pinched.
  1. Inspect transmission fluid cooler for proper mounting and check for any missing air deflectors.

Under Vehicle Inspection

  1. With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
    REFER to: Jacking and Lifting - Overview (100-02 Jacking and Lifting, Description and Operation).
  1. Inspect transmission case for evidence of leaks.
  1. Inspect transmission fluid cooler lines for proper routing, pinches, or kinks.
  1. Inspect transmission fluid cooler mounting and check for any missing air deflectors.

Transmission Fluid Inspection

Transmission fluid condition can provide many clues to the nature of the transmission concern. Proper transmission fluid level can only be determined with the transmission fluid at a specified temperature range. It is not necessary to verify exact transmission fluid level at this time. If the transmission fluid is below operating temperature, it is expected the fluid level will be below the leveling plug.

  1. With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist.
    REFER to: Jacking and Lifting - Overview (100-02 Jacking and Lifting, Description and Operation).
    Remove the transmission fluid fill plug and transmission fluid level indicator.
  1. Use a suction gun to remove a small amount of fluid. Drip fluid onto a facial tissue or white sheet of paper.
  1. Examine the stain. Under normal conditions, the fluid color will darken and may develop an odor. Color and odor should not be used to determine the condition of the fluid or transmission.
    • Trace amounts of black or shiny metallic particles may be present from normal wear and operation. Presences of a few particles in the sample do not necessarily indicate a transmission concern.
    • Large quantities of black particles are typically burnt friction material.
    • Large quantities of small to medium sized shiny metallic particles may indicate excessive hard part wear.
    • Foamy pink color indicates either water or engine coolant in the transmission.

Water in Transmission Fluid

To correctly repair an automatic transmission that has had water or coolant introduced into the system, completely disassemble, clean and replace the following parts:

  • All internal and external seals
  • All friction material
  • Torque converter
  • All parts with bonded seals
  • All solenoids
  • All transmission fluid filters

Prior to installing the transmission, flush and clean the transmission fluid cooler(s) and the transmission fluid cooler tubes and hoses.

    Diagnosis and Testing - Diagnostic Strategy

    Overview The diagnostic process for each transmission concern will vary depending on the symptoms and condition of the vehicle. The diagnostic process below is an efficient method to collect as much data as possible about the concern before performing a repair or removing the transmission from the vehicle for teardown and further inspection...

    Diagnosis and Testing - Road Testing Vehicle

    Shift Point Road Test NOTE: Always drive the vehicle in a safe manner according to driving conditions and obey all traffic laws. Upshift Gear Sequence At times the 8-speed transmission may skip gears when the vehicle starts from a complete stop...

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    Lincoln Corsair 2020-2024 Service Manual: Removal and Installation - Downshift Paddle Switch

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    Lincoln Corsair 2020-2024 Owners Manual: Interior Air Quality

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