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Old 11-27-2002, 12:04 AM
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*%@$! transmission filter

Ok, drained tranny and torque converter. Removed pan. Spied up 3 little phillips head screws and thought "oh, this is too easy!"
Premature celebration: could only budge one of the three. I tried everything I could but with just the front end up on ramps I couldn't get enough behind the screwdriver to budge the screws.
Well, I finally gave up and just put the new gasket in and screwed the pan back up.
It's not that I had any transmission problems, it was just my goal to change it and I wasn't able to get it accomplished.

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Old 11-27-2002, 12:27 AM
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I'd find a better screwdriver....

The pro series sears (smap-on's) will fit the screw properly. They have a hex boss at the base so you can slide a wrench on. Push hard with arm, use the wrench to break the screws free.

If the fluid wasn't really dirty, I'd wait a while. Heck, you did the hard and messy part with getting all the old fluid out. On mine, I can remove the ??drivers side cooler line and drain another 1/2 quart or so.

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Old 11-30-2002, 06:28 PM
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Had the same problem as you yesterday. One screw from the filter was too tight, and the screw driver (Stanley) was slipping. I used a larger philips screw driver (Harbor Freight) and got the screw out.
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Old 12-02-2002, 12:38 PM
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Also an option: a phillips attachment for your socket wrench. Greatly improves leverage and stability (as long as attachment is good fit and quality steel).

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