I usually have someone help me when I drop the tranny pan. Get all the bolts loose and and wait til the fluid quits leaking then have someone hold the pan up tight while you pull all the bolts out and then carefully drop the pan. Make sure you have something big to catch the fluid cuz it is messy.
Torque converters do still have drain plugs...at least my 98 does. And it sounds like what your talking about is the access hole to the converter. You just have to turn the engine over until the drain plug lines up with the hole. And yes, refill it through the dipstick tube. But the pan only holds about 5 quarts and the tranny/lines holds 15 total...
Also, if you drop the pan and find a yellow plug in there, that means the fluid has never been changed. Dealers use that to plug the dipstick hole until everything is put together and then just poke it through when they install the dipstick tube.
Last edited by fordtruckman98; 01-27-2012 at 04:40 PM.