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I am newbie DIY mechanic (sort of). I was trying to change my transmission fluid, using a Chilton book (or Haynes?) as my guide. I got all the equiment and fluids, drained the fluid, unbolted the pan BUT... I'm stuck!

The pan is connected to a pipe that goes up to the dipstick. There is a connection there that looks like it might slide off so I can remove the pan, but it won't budge. Should that slide off? Or do I really have to unbolt the supports on the dipstick too?? BTW, I tried this and it seems nearly impossible without also removing 6 other things!

Thanks for any advice!
John
 

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Those 2 pipes should slide apart, there is an "O" ring between them to keep it from leaking.Just twist the pan back and forth a bit and it should slide right off.
 

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Cool! Thanks. I'll give it a shot.

BTW, when I reassemble it, do I need to do anything special to the O ring? Do I need to put an sort of sealant or something on? Or just slide it back together?

Thanks again!
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Cool! Thanks. I'll give it a shot.

BTW, when I reassemble it, do I need to do anything special to the O ring? Do I need to put an sort of sealant or something on? Or just slide it back together?

Thanks again!
John
No sealer needed, just some sort of lubricant to help them slide back together.
If the "O" ring looks flat spotted or twisted, I would replace it just to CYA.
 

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Thanks! I was able to work that thing off this morning. I went out and bought some penetrating oil and sprayed it on there. Not sure if that helped, but eventually I was able to get the lower tube to rotate a tiny bit relative to the upper tube. Once I saw that it was moving a little, I knew I could get it. It took a little muscle.
 
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