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Transmission filter 97 ford explorer

When i was replacing the filter , i drop the pan down and there was a round float looking thing with a rubber o-ring around it, laying in the bottom of the pan. what is it and where does it go. im lost

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This is a plug that was in the trans fill tube when the trans was put together at the factory, when they filled the trans they push the plug into the pan, throw it away.

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