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Old 28 Feb 2013, 08:26 am
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Default Automatic Transmission Pan Bolts....

I removed the transmission pan last night for a filter/fluid change. The car is a 2001 with only 27,000 miles on it. Pretty sure this is the first time the pan has been removed. I had trouble getting a of the few bolts out, one I "thought" was going to break (lucky it didn't, but the head is a little messed up). As difficult as these bolts were to remove, it almost makes me think I should be putting anti-seize on them rather than loc-tite. Once they are torqued down to specifications, would I really have to worry about them loosening up (if I were to use anti-seize)?

Also, what are your thoughts with replacing the bolts with stainless steel ones? Would they be stronger and less likely to break (and not rust so much)?
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Old 28 Feb 2013, 09:21 am
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I would "chase" the threads before replacing the bolts or run a tap in to clean up the threads.
Stainless steel fasteners are not all SS they have iron in them . They WILL rust! the only way to get true SS fasteners is medical grade certified fasteners.($$$) And then you must be very careful to read the hardness value.
The use of anti-seize on a fastener if you torque to yield correctly should not cause them to loosen. I would recommend to chase the thread and use a blue thread loc-tight instead of anti-seize.
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Old 28 Feb 2013, 10:13 am
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Whatever you do, don't use LOCTITE RED. Put that darn stuff on my "8" ball shifter and now it'll NEVER come off. Hopefully I'll never have to.
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Old 28 Feb 2013, 10:48 am
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This will not work for you but others in most circumstances will work?





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Old 28 Feb 2013, 10:56 am
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Default Re: Automatic Transmission Pan Bolts....

Yea, I can see me taking a blow torch to my "8" ball now. Think I'll just keep it on till the time comes that I ever need to take the center console out.

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I would "chase" the threads before replacing the bolts or run a tap in to clean up the threads.
i agree on chasing the threads. but DON"T use a tap. taps are for making new threads, not chasing old ones. it's VERY easy to ruin things using a tap in hard to reach places. plus the tips are tapered, so unless you're using a bottom tap, it won't do a good job anyways.

get a bolt of the same size from the hardware store and cut or file a notch or two in it. i have one for every sized bolt my mustang takes on hand just for this purpose. cheaper, easier to get the correct size, idiot proof, and works great. you can use a dremel, angle grinder, hacksaw, or hand file to do it. like this:


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Old 28 Feb 2013, 11:51 am
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just curious what does that do????
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Old 28 Feb 2013, 12:36 pm
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the edge of the slit scrapes the threads clean and the notch fills up with all the debris. it will even fix slightly messed up threads by lining them back up. works great for getting greasy sludge, rust, RTV, dirt and other muck out.

here's a before and after of one after using it on greasy threads. it's so full of crud it actually looks like they never cut it.

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interesting. Never seen that before. <thumbs up>

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