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Old 09-01-2012, 10:47 AM
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4x4 tranny filter in a 4x2

don't know why, but i went to napa to get a tranny filter, got that, got the truck jacked up fluid drained, pan off, gasket...trashed in the process, so had to go get one ordered because napa or advanced auto or autozone didn't have a gasket on their shelf. by the way this all happened last night. continuing on, got the pan cleaned up and since i had some chrome bumper paint laying around i painted it, its almost midnight and i decided to put the pan back on with a couple of bolts, finish it in the morning when i can see. well i go out there this morning drop the pan, drop the filter and why should i expect anything less, the filter that i got was for a 2wd and not for a deep pan, so since the guy at napa yesterday told me that was the only filter he had i called advance auto to see if they had one, the lady that answered said yeah we have it, so i go down there and of course she's not around, i had a bad feeling walking in there but someone brought me the filter she said would work, ah no it was the same thing that i got from napa, i saw that he had 2 other filters for a 4wd and i had asked him to get me one and lo and behold that was the filter for a deep pan. don't really know why it would be like that, i would have thought they would all be the same? not like the transfer case is using that oil as well. it wouldn't have bothered me so much but dang have to drive close to 20 miles one way to a parts store.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:47 PM
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I found out the hard way the first time when changing my tranny fluid, I got the filter and fluid and just like you pulled the pan off, and ooooppppssss it had a deep pan that I needed the filter with the longer pick up spout. So now I know that I need the filter that's for a 4X4 pan, and always check to box before I leave the parts store too make sure it's the right one. I'm just glad the wife was home so I could drive to the store to get the right one.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:54 PM
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i knopw what you mean, had she not been home, i would have been waiting till she came home, not riding my bike 40 miles round trip, my luck it would have rained....and rained hard
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I didn't know there were 2 diffrent ones, deep and standard... good to know. An issue I have run into though, is diffrent brands are shaped diffrently, and my trans temp probe hits one brand/style, and not the other... not knowing the diffrent styles exsisted when I welded the bung in the trans pan. Had I known, I would have put the temp probe in a diffrent place. FYI...
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I had heard of this before I did my filter change last month. Glad I knew before hand. You just can't trust parts store people anymore.

As far as the temp sensor, I put mine in the "test port" hole. It might not react quite as quick as in the pan, but it works well.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:23 AM
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I used the test port as well
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Old 09-03-2012, 08:31 AM
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The test port might work for the electronic gauge, I prefer and use the mechanical gauge, which has a thermocouple probe like an EGT gauge, and needed a 1/2" NPT bung.
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:11 AM
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I can understand that.
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