The local dealer here chages $ 139 for what he calls a transmission
service and flush. As I understand it, they do not drop the pan so
whatever service they do is a bit of a mystery to me.
My truck is a 1997 F - 150 with the Type AODE transmission.
The pan is held in place with 14 bolts, 10 mm head. I bought a
large aluminum pan used for roasting Turkeys at the Dollar store.
They have two style Turkey pans, oval and square. The square was the biggest so that is what I used.
I loosened most of the screws a bit using an electric screwdriver
then went around and removed them as described in Chilton's manual.
The truck was parked on grass and well blocked. I put down cardboard and a lot of newpaper to catch any drippage. Once the
pan was loose, I cleaned it with rags and Kerosene then replaced the
transmission filter. Get a lots of dry rags for cleanup. Make sure you
buy a long funnel for replacing the fluid.
It took six quarts of Mecon to refill the transmission.
Total cost was about $ 32.00 for parts and fluid from O'Reilly's Auto Parts. Probably two hours of work, including cleanup.
I did not see any plug on the Torque converter.
My total savings was about $ 100 for two hours work.
Just take your time and make sure you keep everything clean
and have all the supplies on hand prior to starting to do this job.
Please let us know how it comes out. My only problem was figuring out how to get the filter out of the valve body but once you look at the new one and compare it to the one installed, it is pretty obvious.