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DRopping pan and replacing a 42RE solenoid kit

I'm preparing to drain/drop the pan and change out the solenoid/Governor kit. Its a 42RE. Using a friends garage and want to be sure I have all the tools needed to keep it smooth. I know once I'm in the box it shouldn't be difficult but anything special for draining and dropping the pan without making a complete mess? Also, just to be sure, how many quarts should I have on standby to refill the pan?

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Re: DRopping pan and replacing a 42RE solenoid kit

You have the replacement parts already? Otherwise have a look here: www.electricaladvantage.com
It is a messy job and you need to have a large drain pan to keep the mess as less as possible. You loosen all the pan bolts a bit, and then remove most of them, except 3 bolts on one row. Pry the pan until the fluid starts coming out and let it drain as much as possible. Loosen the 3 bolts further, so that the pan comes down more and more fluid will drain.
The manual calls for 3.8L (4.0 Qts) of fluid ATF +4.
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Yes, someone here referred me to an online store. It was great. Everything I may need to replace is all in one neat kit!

Ok, I can handle the mess. I didn't know if you syphon some fluid out first?

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Yes, someone here referred me to an online store. It was great. Everything I may need to replace is all in one neat kit!

Ok, I can handle the mess. I didn't know if you syphon some fluid out first?

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No, you just loosen the pan bolts and let the fluid drain out. If you prefer you could try syphoning out some of the fluid, but i have never done that.
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Should I be preparing to replace the seal?
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Ok we are replacing the filter too, which came with a seal/gasket for the pan.

The pan has this gooey sponge in the corner. What is it? Should it be cleaned or replaced?

We only replaced the solenoid and transducer. The whole kit involved taking more tenant apart than I felt comfortable my first time.
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Haha! It's the magnet! Sorry!
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Re: DRopping pan and replacing a 42RE solenoid kit

So was the magnet clean and not covered with metal? Some small metal particles is normal, however bigger chunks not.
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They were all small. It almost looked fuzzy, but cleaned up nicely. The jeep is now shifting all on its own! Now to see about getting the engine light switched off. Not sure if I need the electronic reader to do that or it will on its own.

Gonna double check levels before making the trip home.
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Re: DRopping pan and replacing a 42RE solenoid kit

Best is to get a scanner and clear the fault code/ check engine light. It should finally go out by itself, but it can take maybe 40 warmup cylces before that happens.
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