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Old 03-15-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
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Shifter idea

Tremec 3650 here, changing fluid today I believe, I've done it before and it's a bit time consuming bolting/unbolting the shifter from the trans, so my idea is taking the shifter off today, and drilling a fill hole of some sort through the shifter base, than finding a rubber grommet that fits perfectly snug in the hole, that way for future changes its as easy as taking the shifter trim off and popping the grommet off, letting fluid drain, than pouring right in the hole in the shifter. What you guys think about this?
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As long as the hole is sealed and doesn't leak, then I don't see why not. I know where you're coming from; draining and filling the transmission is a little time-consuming. I would just hate to try and start something like this, and then screw up. As long as you know you can do it, then let me know how it goes, and post some pics.
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I'd worry about metal shavings in the tranny.... if you could find a way around that, then it sounds great!
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I'd worry about metal shavings in the tranny.... if you could find a way around that, then it sounds great!
As long as the hole is drilled properly (while its off and on my work bench of course) and cleaned I shouldn't have an issue with metal shavings..didn't have time to get to the fluid change today so ill probably attempt it tomorrow after work. I figure I gotta pull the shifter to swap fluid right now, why not attempt to make my life easier down the road
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I gotcha'.... I wasn't thinking about taking it off! <----- duh! These long work days are getting to me!
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I gotcha'.... I wasn't thinking about taking it off! <----- duh! These long work days are getting to me!
I hear ya man, work work work and car lol, story of my life
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Look at CobraBob shifter seals. They're removable and awesome.
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Look at CobraBob shifter seals. They're removable and awesome.
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I run a length of 1/2" OD vinyl tubing, connecting a funnel from the engine compartment down into the filler hole; and then dump in 3 quarts while standing up--no need to tear the interior apart or screw around under the car...
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I run a length of 1/2" OD vinyl tubing, connecting a funnel from the engine compartment down into the filler hole; and then dump in 3 quarts while standing up--no need to tear the interior apart or screw around under the car...
You just dump in the 3qts? I've always wondered if it was worth it picking up the extra quart just for that .2
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You just dump in the 3qts? I've always wondered if it was worth it picking up the extra quart just for that .2
I have never bothered to do so.

Modern automotive engineering uses the metric system, and when the refill capacity for the 3650 was reduced from 3.8L (and published in TSB 04-15-6) 3.0L was a convenient "close-by" number. It converts to 3.17006 quarts, however there is no magic about that--3.0 quarts is fine...
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Just get a fluid pump, get under the car and fill it via the fill plug. Takes about 15 mins. Fluid pump is 10$ at most. They're a bit of a mess if you have never used one before. I've also seen pumps that work like a needle. Suck the fluid up then inject it into where you need it using a tube. Works excellent for trans and rear diff.
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I like your idea, I would drill and tap a plug though, not just a cork or anything. Last time I did my fluid, I used and old hand soap pump through the fill hole till it drains out a little. worked great. I also use a lift so its easier. But your idea is sound.
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some shifters wont allow for a hole due to size issues, but its a good idea, ford should have put a fill plug there lol, but most just jack it up and pump it in (and proceed to spill it everywhere as I did)
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