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Old 10-17-2011, 03:41 PM   #1
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Tranny pan and drain plug

I'm embarrassed to even be writing this.... First off let me say I'm new to jeeps, and by no means a mechanic! I am however mechanically inclined, just have grown up wrenching on things with two wheels and less parts! Ugh....
My tranny is slipping so I'm going to drain it and put a new filter in there and hope it helps. I was gonna start by pulling off the skid plate so I can get to the tranny better... (pic 1) I quickly realized that's more like a crossmember then it is a skid plate. So, I stopped, bolted the one side back up and now I'm writing this! Let's start off by making sure I know what I'm looking at (pic 2). I numbered a few things, tell me if I'm right... #1 is obviously the oil pan, #2 Is the bell housing and #3 is the tranny pan... Right? So how exactly do I drain the fluid before I drop the pan, and is it safe for me to drop the crossmember when I do this or should I work around it? If you got some pics or know where I can get a breakdown of how to do what I'm doing that would be AWESOME!!!! it the 2.5l 4 banger with a 3 speed auto trans!
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Old 10-18-2011, 08:46 AM   #3
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Thank you, but unfortunately alot of that doesn't transfer to my tranny. ...also, what about my skid plate... Or crossmember? When I drop that crossmember my transfer case and everything comes down with it. Is it safe for me to lower that to drop my pan?
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:38 AM   #4
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I'm changing my filter... How many quarts of ATF+4 do I need?
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:57 PM   #5
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4 to 5 quarts to refill the pan after a filter change. There isn't a drain plug on the 32RH transmission pan, so you are going to have a messy job ahead of you Definitely support the transmission before you start working... also make sure that you can fully access the worksite. You can get a plug kit from a local parts store and add it before replacing the pan though... It'll make the job easier next time!
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:13 PM   #6
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4 to 5 quarts to refill the pan after a filter change. There isn't a drain plug on the 32RH transmission pan, so you are going to have a messy job ahead of you Definitely support the transmission before you start working... also make sure that you can fully access the worksite. You can get a plug kit from a local parts store and add it before replacing the pan though... It'll make the job easier next time!
He/She is definitely right on with their advice here. The first time is a train wreck but, the install of a drain plug will make any subsequent work easier.
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Old 10-25-2011, 07:33 AM   #7
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Awesome, thanks you the help guys!
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Also, before you get to involved did you ensure you had enough fluid in there? Slipping starts w/low fluid most of the time as there is not enough weight inside the torque convertor. (You want to check tranny fluid with it running.)
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:03 AM   #9
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Next ATF change, this deeper pan is going on. Has a drain plug and holds more ATF

Mines a 4-0L 3 speed auto - don't know if the transmissions are the same or not.
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Old 10-25-2011, 09:27 AM   #10
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I just did mine on Saturday. I left the skid plate intact. This is what I did.

Loosened the pan bolts starting in front working my way back. Loosen them as much as possible while still being held by a thread or two. Once you arrived at the rear most bolts stop. Leave those tight for now. What this accomplishes is the fluid will come out the front side of the pan making a controlled drain.

If no fluid is coming out, gently pry the front of the pan down a little. If still no fluid, loosen the rear most bolts a turn, then gently pry again if needed. Sometimes the gasket sticks.

It would help to jack up and jack stand the rear of the Jeep a little to make the tranny pan angle down at the front.
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:52 PM   #11
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Oh man, check out the metal on the magnet. Whatcha guys think?
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Old 10-25-2011, 08:09 PM   #12
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Wow, you have at least twice the amount I did. I heard shavings are OK, not chunks.

BTW, here's what I was talking about earlier, a controlled drain.

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Old 10-25-2011, 10:19 PM   #13
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10-4 ...I didn't have any chunks, so I guess we'll see how it goes! I got it done without making TO much of a mess! Thanks for all the help!

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