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Old 04-06-2017, 12:05 PM   #1
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Changing Oil & Found This ~ Transmission Bolts Missing

Has anyone else experienced this? I had the filter and fluid replaced 20k miles ago and have not experienced a leak. It looks as though I may have to call a ford dealer and order in 3 new bolts?
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Old 04-06-2017, 12:46 PM   #2
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So much for torqueing them down.

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Old 04-06-2017, 12:56 PM   #3
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You sir are lucky to not have a big leak! I would also suggest to change service facilities. Poor workmanship.
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Old 04-06-2017, 01:52 PM   #4
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Don't sweat the small stuff. On a previous coach, we were getting some noise under the pass seat...seems the factory forgot to install a number of bolts that mated the chassis to the body.
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Old 04-06-2017, 01:56 PM   #5
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It's obvious that those bolts were there before, evident by the circle marks. So I would go back to whoever did the transmission service and get them to replace the bolts they obviously forgot to tighten when they put the pan back on. Properly torques pan bolts don't fall out.
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Old 04-06-2017, 02:02 PM   #6
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Geez I hope their missing and not broken off from some fool...

take one of the bolts to the local hardware store and determine if its an American or Metric bolt.. purchase some with some flat washers and install them... I personally don't care for thread loc... but often use Elmers Glue on the threads to lock the bolt to the housing and it will than un-thread easily... or if it's something I'm going to remove often I use a good flat washer, lock washer and torque them in place... with a little anti-seize on the thread so the steel bolts and aluminum housing don't cause an issue...

BTW the pans on my (2) newest vehicles don't use a gasket, but the Black RTV sealant.... once that sets I have to use a razor blade to cut the pan loose..
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Looks like they are missing and not broken off, I can see into the threaded holes pretty deep. Good thing.
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Hard to find good help these days. They are always quick to take your money though. One of the reasons I prefer to do my own service. No one to blame but myself. Plus I can afford my labour rates.
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Those are metric 8mm x 1.25 thread pitch
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You can buy those at most hardware stores..if you can find an ACE they will for sure have them (and be WAY cheaper than Ford/Chevy).

FYI I believe they are called flange bolts.

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