ford transmission help, what is this?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by B.E. Coyote, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    Changing my transmission fluid and filter in my 2000 E-150 this morning. When I pulled the pan down, this was rolling around in it.

    It doesn't seem to be broken but even after much time just staring up at the transmission I can't seem to tell where it came from. Any ideas?

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  2. CycleDoc59

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  3. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    Found it by googling Ford transmission plastic plunger images.

    Turns out it is a plug used when they manufacture the vehicle. Keeps the transmission sealed until they insert the dipstick tube. It is then thrown away the first time the pan is removed.


    Thanks!
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  4. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Well, fuck me. :huh

    Learn something every day.
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  5. scottalot

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    That's just plum crazy. At least you know it nothing and can move on.. If it were me I would've been thinking "Son of a Bitch" now wat. Woo-hoo for it being nothing at all :clap
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  6. SteveROntario

    SteveROntario Adventurer

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    I hope they paid the engineer that designed that thing a fortune, they've been using the design for a long time and I'm sure it's sent a lot of DIYs to the dealer. I found one in a 1987 Econoline E150 back in 2001.
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  7. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    We usually like finding these because it means the pan has not been off yet or the filter changed yet. Fords come alive sometimes after a filter change.
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  8. xcaret

    xcaret n00b

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    I remember a lady comming to my autowrecking business thinking she needed a trans ,the trans repair shop where she was having it serveced showed her that plug and said her trans was needing to be replaced, luckilly my mechanic was familliar with it and we had her vehicle towed over ( oh yeah they had loosened the bands so it wouldn move).. He just tightened up the bands and all was OK.This was a national chain that pulled that stunt ,and they are still in business.
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  9. scottalot

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    Well that is seriously screwed up!!! I hope that old lady went back to the rip-off mechanic place and beat em' over the head with her over sized old lady purse :D
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  10. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Too funny, I found the same plug in mine, a 05 F150 PU. i thought the world had come to an end.
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  11. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    Ya, big relief. I thought it was the beginning of the end for Big Blue.
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