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What plug?! There is none! Or are we talking about something else. Good idea, but I just used what I happened to have. I don't mind the cleanup...

The plug in the center of your black drain container.

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The plug in the center of your black drain container.
Oh it was opened. I didn't remove it completely, but it was pulled up so fluid could drain down into it. That never overflowed.

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Most parts stores will have an "add-on" drain plug kit. Most transmission pans I have pulled are plated steel, pretty thin but steel. Haven't done my Taurus but will very soon and will add the drain.

Nice tutorial. I use the SuperTech synthetic motor oil and probably use their ATF also.

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Man that fluid looks bad...........

One simple thing to make life less messy is to get a 5' section of clear hose and a suction pump(available at any home depot/lowes) and suck out the fluid from the dipstick tube. This way there will bo only a VERY little bit left in the pan making it less messy when you take the pan off.

Another point of interest would be to inspect the pan itself and make sure the bolt holes are not egged and are flat. If they are, the gasket wont seal right. If not,.... good to go.

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No magnet? I would add one next time.
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No magnet? I would add one next time.
Planning on it. Helps keep the filter from clogging quickly.

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Factory recommended method

The factory service manual recommends a slightly different procedure. I don't have it in front of me so can't quote exactly. It does include dropping the pan but then you put in a few quarts of fresh fluid and pull a transmission cooling line from the radiator and run the engine to use the fresh fluid from the pan to pump out and replace the dirty fluid in the system. Once it stops flowing then the pan is empty. Shut it off, put the line back, and do the final fill with new fluid. I think it took 12-14 quarts total if I remember correctly.
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Oh by the way, I use a black plastic concrete mixing tub as a drip pan. It's cheap and large and fits under the car. You can buy at the home improvement store.
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Vince, the procedure you described is listed in the forum topic finder and/or wiki if others are interested.
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