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Old 09-18-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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Stripped Out Tranny Filler Plug

Hey Kids:

I have a 99 TJ 4 banger with the AX 5 tranny. Just noticed the filler plug on the tranny was stripped out.

It looks like there is a threaded port in the side of the tranny casing that accepts a sleeve, with the sleeve threaded inside for some kind of bolt/plug and threaded outside to fit into the port. The sleeve - if that is what it is - appears to have once been hexagonal to accept a wrench but has been thoroughly boogered, with the plug snapped off flush.

Anyway, that is what it appears like to me. I have seen posted procedures that indicate a 17mm hex socket is needed........which makes me scratch my head......but the point is moot. To get that piece off would require dropping the skid plate, and a lot of elbow grease applied to vice grips from hell and some hoping that the vice grips bite into what is left of the hex sleeve enough to back it out.

To drill it out would require dropping the exhaust pipe.

It doesn't leak, so I will leave it the hell alone and fill thru the shifter port.

My question: is it possible to pull the shift lever without dropping the tranny a few inches? The Haynes manual doesn't say this - they say to support the oil pan, drop the skid plate and tranny bracket, then lower the tranny 3 inches to have enough clearance to reach over it and rotate the retainer. I could do it but I was wondering if there is an easier way. Also, I would have to measure the gear oil out carefully and match it with at least the same amount going in, up to 3.2 quarts max.

And would having the Jeep up on ramps at an angle cause a problem?

Any ideas?


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