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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:56 pm 
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So I was changing out my transmission pan gasket and noticed the magnet pictured below in the front of the pan:

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I didn't see anything on it in the service manual. Is this something I should be concerned about?

Also, in case you were wondering, I did spring for the fancy-pants dealer gasket. Seems like a wise investment.

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Luckily, it looks like the pan is in really good shape. It just needs a little more cleaning and it'll be ready to go back in.

Incidentally, if you're ever stuck with a bathtub full of oil and transmission fluid, I would highly recommend Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser. I hate these things for everything else, but the bathtub looks good as new when scrub brushing barely put a dent in it.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:13 pm 
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Keep it in there... It's a lttle insurance policy for metallic material floating in your tranny fluid. (supposed to stick to it )

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:26 pm 
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I have to wonder, are you married? Because if you are, and your wife lets you clean transmission parts in the bathtub, she's definitely a keeper! :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 7:32 pm 
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I think they started putting magnets in the pans in the early 80s.I swear by them and have magnetic drain plugs in my trans,engine and rear.The engine plug might accumulate a half pinch of metal between oil changes,but it's that much that isn't going through the oil pump.And most important if you see more than normal,it warns you that a part might be failing.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 8:31 pm 
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I think someone added the magnet.

Looks just like some I got at Radio Shack.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:15 am 
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dusty72 wrote:
Keep it in there... It's a lttle insurance policy for metallic material floating in your tranny fluid. (supposed to stick to it )


I woke up in the middle of the night and this idea hit me. Metal shavings. It's a smart idea. The transmission shop must've put it in there when it was rebuilt in the late 90s. It's been serviced since then, just not by me.

slantfin wrote:
I have to wonder, are you married? Because if you are, and your wife lets you clean transmission parts in the bathtub, she's definitely a keeper!


My wife is actually the one that discovered the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser trick! Sadly, it doesn't work nearly as well on concrete or metal. She's a very patient woman.

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I swear by them and have magnetic drain plugs in my trans,engine and rear.


Where do you find these magnetic plugs? Sounds like a good investment.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:15 pm 
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Find out what thread sizes your drain plugs are and order them from NAPA.

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Where do you find these magnetic plugs? Sounds like a good investment.


Hell, magnetic plugs are easy, where is the supply of understanding women? Oh, I recall Josh has one, remember his "tranny going for a swim in the kitchen sink" photo a few months ago?

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If you need a magnet in the pan to collect metal shavings I would look at a different transmission builder. I have raced the same trans for 6 years and aint no magnet in mine. But I did change trans fluid once. but no metal there. Thanks Ron Parker :D









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PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:35 pm 
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A magnet is a good idea.

My parents cars (2000 & 2002 Foci) both have a magnet in the pan, and both magnets had fine metal particles on them when I changed the filter and fluid.

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wjajr wrote:
armyofchuckness:

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Where do you find these magnetic plugs? Sounds like a good investment.


Hell, magnetic plugs are easy, where is the supply of understanding women? Oh, I recall Josh has one, remember his "tranny going for a swim in the kitchen sink" photo a few months ago?


I read this to my wife after giving her the background on this thread. She agrees she's a good one! And so do I!

I can't believe I built that trans 9 months ago! And I still haven't taken it off the bench!

Anyhow, back to the point, my High School job was at a Jiffy Lube and I've seen plenty of automatics with magnets in the pan. As the clutches and plates slide against each other during normal operation ferrous wear particles are produced. The magnet helps take the particles out of the oil. You can get in-line fluid filters for transmission fluid and power steering that have magnets built in.

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