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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-25-2005, 10:10 AM
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how to drain a torque converter w/o drain plug

How can I drain my torque converter when there is no drain plug?? There has to be a way. If fluid got in there then it can come out.
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Re: how to drain a torque converter w/o drain plug

drill a hole in it and drain it then well it back up that is what i do but don't drill to deep as it all the way through the thing if you know what i mean. well good luck
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Re: how to drain a torque converter w/o drain plug

There really is no way to drain them if they don't have a plug. Granted that you can do what was stated above but I caution you not to, reason being, if you hit any of the fins or anything inside you can do some good damage not to mention the metal shavings that you can get in there.
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Re: how to drain a torque converter w/o drain plug

That sounds absolutely crazy. I would never consider drilling into a torque converter a good idea.
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Re: how to drain a torque converter w/o drain plug

not only that, when you weld it back together your creating a heavier spot.this will cause vibration. this is not a good thing. you have to take the convetor off to drain it.
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Re: how to drain a torque converter w/o drain plug

It gets pumped in there. A torque converter is a viscous coupler.
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Re: how to drain a torque converter w/o drain plug

The DIY method is:

1.Drain you tranny pan (hopefully you have a drain plug, otherwise drop the pan and the whole nine yards that goes with that - might as well change your filter and gasket then).

2. Re-install pan (or drain plug), fill tranny to correct level of fluid without starting your vehicle.

3. Disconnect your tranny out line (usually the uppermost tranny line that goes to the rad). I disconnect it right at the radiator.

4. Attach a 5/16 inside diameter clear hose (about 6ft or so long) to the line you disconnected from the rad.

5. Run free end of the hose to a jug to catch any outgoing ATF.

6. Start your vehicle, put tranny in gear. You will start to see trany fluid flow through the clear hose into the jug now. Let a few quarts go in. Stop engine. Top up your trans.

7. Start engine, put tranny in gear, watch fluid in hose come out. When fluid comes out bright red, you are now pumped out most of your old fluid out of the torque convertor. Shut off and refill trans to correct fluid level.

This is the backyard tranny flush method and should get most of the old ATF out of your trans. I've done it several times, no problems. I usually pick up a 30 big pail of trans fluid at Walmart for $35 CN. Valvoline currently makes the Walmart Tech2000 auto fluids.
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