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Old 01-02-2010, 03:25 AM   #1
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Transmission Pan swap: 200-2007

Just a 'Pan' swap you say........

Yeah - because of a highly intermittent transmission problem, still no error codes yet with 1 - 2 shifts on an ATX, obviously. I'm curious if there is any reservation about changing a 2000 Focus that doesn't have a drain in the pan to later years that do have a drain in the pan.

Why - because short of 'shot gunning' the solenoids after checking a list and host of other things, I don't want to replace the fluid that will very likely get easily contaminated when it spills out of my pan in what could be a task repeated: draining the transaxle.

The drain allows for a clean collection of new fluid right? As long as the pan around the hole is clean? I looked up the pan on Fords site and it looks like the years from 2000 to 2007 are interchangeable. A search here on this site gives too many 'hits' for 'pan' to be usable.

So any known problems with putting a pan with a drain on a 2000 'from' any year up to and including 2007?


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Old 01-02-2010, 10:09 AM   #2
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I bought a pan for my '08 from my Ford dealer for $25, and was told that it fit all years. I don't know if that's true. I bought a B&M drain plug ($11), drilled a hole in the pan, and had the plug welded onto the pan. I didn't use the gasket and nut that is supposed to be used. I did grind down the threaded portion of the plug so that it didn't stick up above the inside surface of the pan. I probably will install it at 30K and just do a fluid service change (2 to 3 qts.) every 30K thereafter by just draining the pan. I do this on my Escape and the fluid stays nice and clean.
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2008 will also work - good to know. I'm thinking since I haven't seen too many pans and the ones I've seen are at salvage yards - really banged up, that the "Drain" is probably nothing more than a 'Rubber Plug' that the salvage yard puts into the hole after they drill into the pan to drain it......

No pans from the dealer have 'plugs' or 'drains'?
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No they don't. The B&M plug doesn't have to be welded. It sticks thru from the outside and has a gasket and nut for the inside. I had mine welded and ground down the threaded part of the plug that sticks inside to allow more fluid to drain out-as the threaded part of the plug sticks up quite a bit on the inside. You need a 1/8" NPT pipe plug to screw into the drain plug. I found (2) S.S. plugs at www.67cayne@gtcom.net for
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