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For those of you who have installed a drain plug in your Transmission pan I have questions…

Is there a certain spot to avoid?

Do I need to have this welded in place?

I only have a wire welder so I will have to find someone who can weld it for me.

I purchased a Derale-13010 TRANS Pan Drain Plug and have a new pan so it is ready to go in at the time I drop the original pan.

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I understand what you want to do, as I did this on my old '96 Silverado with the 4L60  transmission. However, with my '17 Silverado with the 6L80, I just suck the fluid out the fill tube, which I get approx 4 qts out each time & do this about every 10k miles. Much easier than draining from under neath, IMO.

Just a thought in case you have not considered this method.

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1 hour ago, rav3 said:

However, with my '17 Silverado with the 6L80, I just suck the fluid out the fill tube, which I get approx 4 qts out each time & do this about every 10k miles.

I suppose I could use my E-Z-Vac but I do have a weak hand due to nerve damage. I purchased the pan and drain plug so when I go in to a shop and have them drop the pan and change the filter I can have the pan ready to install. I am sitting at 107K miles and want the filter changed. Can't do this myself as I am a senior.

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8 hours ago, No Tyme said:

I suppose I could use my E-Z-Vac but I do have a weak hand due to nerve damage. I purchased the pan and drain plug so when I go in to a shop and have them drop the pan and change the filter I can have the pan ready to install. I am sitting at 107K miles and want the filter changed. Can't do this myself as I am a senior.

Congratulations on the Senior getting out on this forum. LOL I too am a senior. If I tell you I'm a Vietnam vet, you may be able to figure out my senior age! 😁😁  Good luck with the drain plug & I hope it works out well for you. Semper Fi!

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Well, if I tell you I pulled a 58 in the lottery you may figure out my age... the second year of the lottery. Between slip disc, kidney stones and afib I am afraid if I start a project like this I may not get it finished, so I leave it up to the young in's, LOL

I hope to make the transmission last as long as I need the truck which is less than most of this forum.

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19 minutes ago, No Tyme said:

Well, if I tell you I pulled a 58 in the lottery you may figure out my age... the second year of the lottery. Between slip disc, kidney stones and afib I am afraid if I start a project like this I may not get it finished, so I leave it up to the young in's, LOL

I hope to make the transmission last as long as I need the truck which is less than most of this forum.

Find a starving but good honest mechanic or younger one who wants to learn, teach them, buy em beer and pay them best you can. Get your truck fixed and help and up and coming tech.  Win win and drink some beer with them or satans water of your choice.  Welcome to end stage of this journey my friend.  

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13 hours ago, No Tyme said:

For those of you who have installed a drain plug in your Transmission pan I have questions…

Is there a certain spot to avoid?

Do I need to have this welded in place?

I only have a wire welder so I will have to find someone who can weld it for me.

I purchased a Derale-13010 TRANS Pan Drain Plug and have a new pan so it is ready to go in at the time I drop the original pan.

 

Get it in the lowest part of the pan and not in the dimples the filter rest on. So yes, avoid the dimpled area. 

No need to weld it but use a thread locker.

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I installed one on our 6L80.  I had a friend weld it in place.  Works great.  Got the plug from Summit Racing.  I did order a new pan to have it welded into so that when I dropped my old pan, I had it ready to go up.

 

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That was exactly my plan too. Could you share the part number from Summit ?   I have read reviews on some plugs that they werent heavy enough and they warped when welded. I have a friend thats a pretty good TIG welder and I was planning on having him do it. 

 

Thanks

 

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