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Old 12-28-2013, 01:01 PM
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Trans Temp Gauge Installation Problem

So I just got a Maxtow pillar gauge set (boost, egt, trans temp) for my 01 7.3 for christmas. I started intalling the transmission temp gauge and the first step is to remove the bolt in what i believe is called the test port on the side of the transmission and replace it with the fitting for the trans temp gauge. So i threaded the fitting in and started tightening it with a wrench and it didnt stop turning yet when all of a sudden the fitting got loose and i was able to wiggle it around. I twisted it a little and found that i snapped the head of the fitting off. I took the head of the fitting with the two wires on it out, but the section of the fitting that is threaded is stuck in the test port... So now I have no idea what to do. If anyone can help that would be great I really need some advice. Thanks
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Old 12-28-2013, 01:41 PM
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I just recently installed one in my 02 F250 and only threaded it about 3/4 of the way in with a wrap of Teflon tape on the threads and it has worked without any issues for the past month or so. Sounds like your in a tight spot and I wish I had a good answer to your problem...maybe some sort of extraction tool or drop the pan and try to get it from the inside but not sure if or how much internal disassembly may be required

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Old 12-28-2013, 02:02 PM
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The broken piece isnt in the pan it's literally stuck threaded in in the port
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Brass is super soft so it shouldn't be too hard to remove.
If you can get a drill in there try drilling a hole in the fitting.
Then if you don't have an extractor you can tap a torx bit into the hole you just drilled and back it out.
I find torx bits to work even better than extractors. If you not have any than you can try an Allen key.
Good luck
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Old 12-28-2013, 02:10 PM
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I hate it for you. Hopefully someone here will have a solution for you.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:16 PM
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Look up "easy outs" on Google, same as the comment from Joel, just be careful when you drill it to leave some material to get ahold of. Good thing it didn't go into the pan and now it's leaking fluid.
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Thanks guys I wasnt really sure what to do before knowing that there wouldnt be enough room to get a drill in there to extract the bolt but one of my buddies has a right angle drill that will be able to fit between the tranny and driveshaft so i should be in good shape. Thanks again everyone
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