View Full Version : My god, I have to remove my exhaust to drop the pan.

12-29-2004, 11:22 AM
I've got it completely unbolted, but it won't drop past the exhaust, it's stuck on the precats and that connection before the cat.
I don't know if this was fords stupid design or the guy had those part replaced... I've done everything I can to get the pan out. So I'm glad I cut the muffler off or dropping the exhaust would've been impossible.

12-29-2004, 11:46 AM
Which pan?

12-29-2004, 12:02 PM
I'm guessing transmission pan.

12-29-2004, 01:29 PM
my tranny pan dropped without much hassle...

12-29-2004, 01:45 PM
I got the exhaust off, but I managed to break a bolt in the process so I have to buy a new bolt since I don't have any that fit. I'm done everything, hopefully changing the gasket fixed the leak... Last time I change my tranny fluid...

12-29-2004, 02:03 PM
When I had my tranny pan off I put a plug in it so it can be drained easier before removal. I highly recommend doing it. Also this way I can change my fluid more often and I don't worry about the filter till every 25-30,000 mi or so. A better option would be to add an external filter as well.

12-29-2004, 02:17 PM
Is it bad to run a car with just the exhaust manifold and precats? I mean I know I'd be polluting but I'd like to finish the tranny...

12-29-2004, 03:11 PM
it's fine if you don't mind the noise and vibration. Make sure you don't park on anything flammable.

12-29-2004, 04:09 PM
Unfortunately the pan really does not fit around the exhaust pipes, although with some creative wiggling it will come off but it sure is a PITA and takes lots of patience. BTW you can get a FMS chrome pan with a drain plug, which is what I did.

12-29-2004, 04:26 PM
Btw, how much tranny fluid should the tranny take? I poured about 2/3 of a like a 3.5 quart container of mercon/ dexron 3 and it's not showing up on the stick even after 15 minutes of idling time. There is a little bit on the tip which is brown...that's not good, but i'm not worried because the tranny oil i took out was red...

As for running without the cat, it sounds beefy, like a dragster...Deafening.

12-29-2004, 04:41 PM
Should be about 6 quarts in the tranny not including torque convertor. Someone will wanna verify that tho.

12-29-2004, 05:39 PM
Holy crap...looks like i'm gonna have to make a stop out to pep boys and get some more...

12-29-2004, 06:54 PM
Like I said, someone will wanna verify that, also I used an AOD tranny as my reference so if it's something other than that it's not the right amount.

12-29-2004, 07:33 PM
well it's an 87 3.8l....i'm guessing it's an AOD, so, will 3.5 quarts be ok just for the trip to pep boys?

12-29-2004, 07:35 PM
I personally wouldn't risk it, just weigh the cost of a new tranny vs. taking another car or bumming a ride from a friend for a beer or whatever to pick up a few dollars in fluid.

12-29-2004, 08:20 PM
mine took about 6 quarts i believe

12-29-2004, 08:35 PM
yup 5 to 6 quarts

basically what came out is what should go back in unfortunately some always misses the pan

12-31-2004, 10:58 AM
Mine took 6 1/2.