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Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? #4523504
09/22/17 07:37 PM
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I think it would be a good idea for easier maintenance.


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Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: ZZman] #4523509
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Yes. Plus a plug for the torque converter and a spin on filter.


Wife: 15' Audi A4 quattro 6 speed manual
Me: 13' VW GTI 3 door 6 speed manual
Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: skyactiv] #4523514
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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Yes. Plus a plug for the torque converter and a spin on filter.


What a nice dream.... smile


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Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: ZZman] #4523517
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FWIW, almost all the Japanese cars' transmissions have a drain plug, while American automatics rarely do. Europeans are somewhere in the middle.

Fun fact: In the early 2000s, Ford and Mazda used a common 4-speed automatic on cars such as the focus and Mazda Protege and 3. The Mazdas have a drain plug, The Focus does not. crzy

Too bad Dorman doesn't make a transmission pan for the THM125c 3-speed auto used in so many GM cars from the 80s and 90s.

Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: ZZman] #4523518
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They get over torqued so often either causing a leak, Damaging the thread where I can't get it to seal after a service, Or the head is rounded off making it no use to me.


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Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: ZZman] #4523526
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DIY like I did - 20 minutes to change pan volume and filter with a good shirt on ...

Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: skyactiv] #4523553
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Originally Posted By: skyactiv
Yes. Plus a plug for the torque converter and a spin on filter.


This!


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Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: ZZman] #4523554
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I'd like a drain plug, but I'd drop the pan anyway! That's where the junk is and a semi-plugged filter
at least on GMs.

Since internal filters are on the pick up side/(suction)side, any significant material in the filter
effects pump operation - and therefore shift quality, enough to set a Tranny code and do damage!

Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: i_hate_autofraud] #4523565
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Originally Posted By: i_hate_autofraud


I'd like a drain plug, but I'd drop the pan anyway! That's where the junk is and a semi-plugged filter
at least on GMs.

Since internal filters are on the pick up side/(suction)side, any significant material in the filter
effects pump operation - and therefore shift quality, enough to set a Tranny code and do damage!

Yes, but with a plug you can get the bulk of the fluid out before dropping the pan and making a mess (or as said above, add a spin on filter and drain plug and transmissions would last forever).


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Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: ZZman] #4523572
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I vote for drain plugs


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Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: blupupher] #4523577
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I run a Fram XG16 - change yearly along with pan volume. (B&M plug)
After 3 years the pan was clean and I changed the rock catcher

Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: ZZman] #4523586
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As long as it's got an easy means to add fluid and check level, a drain plug is awesome.


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Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: barkingspider] #4523588
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Originally Posted By: barkingspider
I vote for drain plugs


Plus make it magnetic...


Pete.
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Last Change;
Penn. Plat. HM. 5w30
Fram xg8a, Fram CA8141

I like my oil (slippery).

Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: rollinpete] #4523598
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Originally Posted By: rollinpete
Originally Posted By: barkingspider
I vote for drain plugs


Plus make it magnetic...


Honda does this smile

Re: Would you prefer all trans pans have a drain plug? [Re: ZZman] #4523601
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I have the Dorman pans for all my cars. $20 is a no brainer, especially if you work without a lift. The powdercoat holds up well.
Two pans looked like they were ready to seep when I replaced them.

Too bad all their products aren't such high quality.

Last edited by ford46guy; 09/22/17 09:22 PM.

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