ok took a minute to start the bronco and did not see any check engine lights once started and running. Also observed no lights on or flashing on the column shifter LED OD button.
Yo N2,OK M5 after reading your write up several times and thinking about what makes the most sense I am leaning towards the filter came off of the pump inlet and I'll explain why I think this.
Since this is a known common problem and all of a sudden the transmission fluid is registering higher than it should on the dipstick with the engine running tells me that the pump is not taking in the fluid as it should or as it would if the filter was intact and working properly.
Does this make sense? I don't really like unplugging connectors and potentially creating more problems that don't currently exist by going and pulling on plugs and wires for electrical tests. I mean if the problem is inside the transmission under the oil pan than I want to keep it simple and go right to the soarce of the problem. Yet at the same time I really don't want to go messing with a bunch of transmission oil and seals around the pan either but hey if the oil filter coming loose makes the most sense then I'll do what has to be done. I think this will be another one of those repairs that might take me a while to get to.
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And I would never put the no-drain factory pan back on. If I shared your concern about the aftermarket pans, the only route I would consider viable is getting an authentic Ford F81Z-7A194-BA pan.I'd avoid an aftermarket pan at all costs.
Expedition. Excursion. Navigator. Bronco. 4wd. F150. F350. 4r100. E40d trans. E4od trans. Auto trans. F250 pick-up. E150-350 vans. With super duty.
- Notes: Includes Pan Gasket & Filter Except On 4R100 Transmission.
- Applications: F150. 1997-99 LD. F150 1980-91. 1999-07 SUPER DUTY. 1992-96, 1997-98 HD. F150 1997-03, HERITAGE 2004.
I've sacrificed a 2 liter pop bottle in cases like this. Drill first through the bottle cap, cut the bottle a little less than the length of the drill, then put the cap back on the bottle and drill into the pan. That will catch some of the fluid, and stop some of it from running into your drill and down your arm.The Dorman 265-805 pan comes with a rubber gasket. I used a Duralast TF325 filter. That should be all you need.
If you know you're not using the old pan, drilling a hole isn't a terrible idea for draining it down enough to avoid a big mess when you break the seal, although you're gonna get a nice spill of oil down your drill and arm. Also, be real careful to not over-penetrate when it breaks through.