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tranny cover with a dran plug

how many people here have a drain plug on their tranny pan? I was thinking about dropping the pan and weld a nut over the hole so I could change the oil instead of taking it in and does anyone here have a set up like I decribed?.
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i dunno about you, but changing the fluid in the tranny of my truck was as easy as cracking the cover all the way off, replacing the gasket and filter, and bolting it back up.
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a drain plug will help for draining but the filter should be replaced every time
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yeah I was thinking it would be easer with the plug
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Plugs are handy - B&M ( and a bazillion other vendors) make a handy little kit - that includes sealing washers. Drilling for a bolt can work, but your sealing surface becomes the ouside surface of the pan so ... some sort of complaint washer (soft copper, T-0 aluminum, etc) will be required to seal.

I find the drain really helps reduce the ATF showers so common to filter changes... :) (good thing; do it - get a good 360* weld into a flat cleaned area of your pan)
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why not? there a drain plug for the motor oil and differantal when not the transmission. I was thing about drilling a 1/2 hole weld a nut on the inside and use a 1/2 bolt with a soft or rubber washer and a steel washer on top of the soft one.
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I have one in mine but its a TCI tranny, it does help keep the mess to a minimum when changing fluid and filter....
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Before dropping the pan, pump a gallon of ATF out the cooler lines.
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Before dropping the pan, pump a gallon of ATF out the cooler lines.
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Before dropping the pan, pump a gallon of ATF out the cooler lines.
why go thru all that troble opening up the hood? when you just unscrew a bolt and be done with it. I'm just saying why do a extra step
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why go thru all that troble opening up the hood? when you just unscrew a bolt and be done with it. I'm just saying why do a extra step

You must be planning on just draining it, and not putting any back in.....DUH

You don't have to open the hood to get to the cooler lines, anyhow. But I suggest putting new ATF back in, using the dipstick tube,
which you have to open the hood to do.
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i put a drain plug in mine. makes it so much easier to do fluid and filter when youre laying on your back in your garage. they sell kits to do it.
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You must be planning on just draining it, and not putting any back in.....DUH

You don't have to open the hood to get to the cooler lines, anyhow. But I suggest putting new ATF back in, using the dipstick tube,
which you have to open the hood to do.
ok man you do yours your way and I'l do mine why way ok? this is not the frigging space shutle.
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Before dropping the pan, pump a gallon of ATF out the cooler lines.
Why would you do this?
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ok man you do yours your way and I'l do mine why way ok? this is not the frigging space shutle.
Please do a write up for us on how to fill the transmission without opening the hood. We can submit it to ford and they can save a ton of time filling it with the hood closed!
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Please do a write up for us on how to fill the transmission without opening the hood. We can submit it to ford and they can save a ton of time filling it with the hood closed!
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We will be here waiting for it...you no nothing about me to be calling me names and being an e-thug.

Please remove your hood release handle before you start
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We will be here waiting for it...you no nothing about me to be calling me names and being an e-thug.

Please remove your hood release handle before you start
whatever man.
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How do you plan to fill the transmission without opening the hood? just wonderin?
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how many people here have a drain plug on their tranny pan? I was thinking about dropping the pan and weld a nut over the hole so I could change the oil instead of taking it in and does anyone here have a set up like I decribed?.
I ordered a pan with a drain bolt from Ford for my 4R70W transmission. I don't know if something similar is available for the Ranger automatics but I have never seen one. I also welded a bung onto the pan of a different transmission a few years ago.

It is definitely nice to pull the plug and let the valve body drip off for a few hours before dropping the pan to change the filter.

Having said that, it is still questionable to me whether or not this mod is really worth it. I'd say that it depends on how long you plan to own the vehicle and how many times you think the fluid will be changed.

Let's say that you buy a truck that you plan to drive 100,000 miles and use a 30,000 mile change interval for the transmission fluid. You'd only get to use the drain plug twice at 60K and 90K, assuming that the plug was installed at the first 30K change. The 2 slightly less messy fluid changes might not justify the extra work of installing the plug.

In the case of a new truck, there's also the powertrain warranty to consider - currently 5 yr/60,000 mi or more. Drive into a dealer with a transmission complaint and a modified pan and see how far you get.
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Please do a write up for us on how to fill the transmission without opening the hood. We can submit it to ford and they can save a ton of time filling it with the hood closed!
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why dont you a*s*s*h*o*L*e*s just give it a rest and do something else with you empty lifes!
First of all, it's your not you and lives not lifes.


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I wasn't even calling you out on anything, i was laughing at Justin's post


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Plugs are handy - B&M ( and a bazillion other vendors) make a handy little kit - that includes sealing washers. Drilling for a bolt can work, but your sealing surface becomes the ouside surface of the pan so ... some sort of complaint washer (soft copper, T-0 aluminum, etc) will be required to seal.

I find the drain really helps reduce the ATF showers so common to filter changes... :) (good thing; do it - get a good 360* weld into a flat cleaned area of your pan)
I've never been Showered with ATF when doing a Fluid change. if you do it right, I.E. one bolt at a time, it all drains out of the side your working at. IMO a Drain plug is worthless.
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Buy a 5 speed. No ****ty, pan, so ****ty filter. one plug to drain, one to fill.
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