Mechanics

FORD EXPLORER TRANSMISSION PROBLEM

1997 Ford Explorer • 200,000 miles

Changing transmission fluid when I removed the pan. There was a plastic top shaped plug with an o-ring on it sitting at the bottom of the pan. Can't find where it goes, not sure what it is. Any ideas?
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Jkost
November 3, 2012.




Not part of an old filter neck is it?

Mhpautos
Nov 3, 2012.
The new filter had nothing like that on it. It looks like a small spinning top toy, with an o-ring on the larger end.

Tiny
Jkost
Nov 4, 2012.
Can't place it, can you post a pic at all?

Mhpautos
Nov 4, 2012.
OH NO! You need a new transmission!

That is the plug used on the assembly line to keep debris out. Throw it away. It gets shoved in when they install the dipstick.

Caradiodoc
Nov 4, 2012.
Your joking about the new transmission right? That makes sense, it is about the same size as the dipstick hole.

Tiny
Jkost
Nov 4, 2012.
Yes, the new transmission comment was sarcasm because that is the most opposite of the good news. All that plug you found means is no one has ever had the transmission pan off before. It is supposed to be tossed.
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Caradiodoc
Nov 4, 2012.

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