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Need to replace transmission pan and with a new gasket. A do it your selfer. Any tips.

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Make sure you have a very large Oil catch pan. Preferably something as large in size as you Transmission pan. You will want to get a tube of Form-a-Gasket and the proper gasket for your transmission. When you go tot he Auto parts store they will need to know make, model and year of your vehicle as well as the engine size to get you the proper gasket. In most cases you can remove all of the bolts holding the pan on without worry of the pan falling off but to be safe try to remove all but 1 on each side. Since you will want to elevate the front of the vehicle and put it on jack stands you will want to remove the last 4 bolts in the following order. Remove the one closest to the engine first then the ones from each side leaving the one farthest from the engine for last. If you see the pan coming loose as you remove these take the last 3 out in stages and support the pan with your hand until they are removed completely. Make sure the drain pan is under the transmission pan and lower the back end first allowing the fluid to flow into the catch pan. If your vehicle is equipped with a replaceable filter this will be the time you want to replace that. It is usually held in place by Hex head screws counting 2 to 3. These are not torqued very tightly. Remember, your working with bolts in Aluminum. Do not strip them. Once you get the fluid drained and the pan off inspect the inside of the pan for any metal shavings. If this is the first time for removing this pan there is a magnet in the forward part of the pan. Remove and clean this a set aside. Clean any old gasket off the edges of the pan and wipe the inside of the pan out. Use form-a-gasket to lay a bead all the way around the pan edge to the inside of the bolt holes. Then align the gasket and carefully place it on top of the bead. This is to hold the gasket in place. Wipe the bottom of the transmission wear the bad mounts up down and make sure you remove any traces of the old seal. Again put a bead of Form-a-gasket on the mounting area where the gasket will make contact then lift the pan into place, be careful to lift it into place and make contact in one smooth motion. You don't want to shift the pan once you've made contact with the gasket and the Form-a-Gasket. Put the bolts back in starting in the opposite order that you took them out. Once you get the bolts run down do not over tighten these. You only want about 30 to 40 lbs of torque on them. If you see teh gasket squishing out, not the Form-a-gasket but the gasket itself, you are tightening them too tight. The pan needs to be snug not Impacted down. Refill the Transmission fluid with the new fluid start the vehicle and let it run in neutral for about 3 minutes, Then shift it through all gears manually always returning to park in between. ie Shift to first. Wait 1 min then shift to park. Shift to Neutral wait 1 min then shift to park, so on and so forth till you have switched to all gears and you feel the car engaging each gear as you shift to it. Once you have gone through this process, check the fluid for proper level, top off if needed then drive it around the block a few times to make sure everything is working.

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handy with tools and cars is service the transmission.

You need to go to a parts dtistributor, buy yourself
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Best to go to the ford parts dealer if your not sure.

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