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Old 10-23-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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Metal sea urchin living in my TJ oil pan

Dropped the transmission of my 97 TJ this week to swap the converter and couldn't resist sharing what I saw living in the transmission oil pan

That "urchin" is made of metal particles caught by the magnet after 13 years of use & abuse and lately an irrational torque converter.

Despite it's shape, the consistency of this matter is like BBQ sauce. Creamy and smooth between fingers. My wife was quite amazed at what a pain it is to remove metal dust from a strong magnet.

Filter had a handful of larger metal bits the size of a small ant. Probably from the worn out converter. Other than that, the pan was clean.

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Now getting busy removing that f*** overcooked cork gasket from the oil pan. That thing is very hard and seems to be madly in love with the pan. It can hardly be scratched... Any thought on how to clean that up? can it be dissolved or softened by anything? Thanks for your suggestions

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Old 10-23-2010, 10:52 PM   #2
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To clean the pan a cheap wire brush on a drill works great.

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Old 10-23-2010, 11:21 PM   #3
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silly me... didn't think of that lol

Anyone has an idea of why the corner behind the magnet is bare metal? the place looks like it was very carefully and thoroughly sanded. Spotless clean & smooth like a mirror. That's also where the fill tube arrives. Any clue?
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Old 10-23-2010, 11:46 PM   #4
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No clue on why it's smooth like that, mine was too. I wouldn't even bother messing with the gasket - get one of the mopar deep pans that has a plug. Gives you an extra quart of fluid, won't suck the pan dry on steep hills, and it's way easier to drain than the standard pan. Also go ahead and grab one of the re-usable rubber gaskets from the dealership. They run about $16 bucks but supposedly seal better, and won't be damaged as easily by the bolts.
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