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Drain Plug and sender for Transmission

Today I changed all of my fluids to synthetic. It took most of the day and as part of the change over I added a drain plug to the transmission pan. I also used a sending unit for my transmission temp gauge instead of the plug.

I had trouble finding a place to do the transmission part of this so I talked a muffler shop guy into doing it today as he was not busy.

I took pictures of the transmission process, the other fluids were pretty simple.

There is no need to remove any of the skid plates to remove the transmission pan.




the pan removed and on the workbench



The inside of the pan, note the round magnet at the bottom of the picture. This is included in your pan to capture metal shavings, be sure to clean it well.


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Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.

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I choose to drill and place the drain plug in the back of the pan where it is protected from being hit by rocks or other trail hazards.

I started with a small pilot hole.



I finished after using three bits with a 1/2 inch hole



The two piece drain plug assembly has a plastic washer between the two sections.



The other side of the assembly.



Showing the sending unit used in place of the drain plug.


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Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.

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I reused the thin rubber gasket as it was in perfect shape. To make sure I added a line of RTV.




The underside of the transmission.



Close up of the magnet placed back in the pan.



View showing the placement of the magnet.


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Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

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Here is a comparision of the drain plug and the transmission temp sender that I installed instead of the drain plug. I like to monitor the transmission temp in the pan.



The pan installed with the sleeve for the sending wire.



I routed the wire up and thru a hole next to the transmission and then up to the firewall and on to the gauge.
I was careful to avoid the exhaust or the turning driveshaft.


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Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.

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Where did you mount the gauge?

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In a Carbon Fiber Pod on the left side of the dash along with a Vacuum Gauge.



I showed where to drill thru the firewall and the dash top on a pervious thread.


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Second 2007 Jeep Green Limited Leather HEMI QDII VES Uconnect Flowmaster OEM Skids Tow Package

Maybe the two will meet up soon edit: they did , I now have 2,now gave 1 away...and got it back again.
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Nice job, I always like the threads that include step by step photos.





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That's some nice detailed stuff right there. Thanks for sharing!!!

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-Thread Revival -

First off, nice setup! Love the install! But I was wondering if there was another way to measure transmission temp. w/o drillin into the pan (the wife gets nervous when I have power tools around vehicles). I wanna add a temp guage for all the towing we do.

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