Question on dropping rear driveshaft on 1999 Ford Ranger

billj

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1999 Ford Ranger, 3.0 V6, 4 speed w/OD automatic transmission. It has been 20 years since I removed a rear drive shaft. After I remove the rear driveshaft yoke bolts and I pull the drive shaft out of the transmission will transmission fluid leak out of the rear of the transmission? In other words do I need to drain the fluid first. I know there is a bushing and seal back there, but can't remember if that section has fluid in it, or is dry. Perhaps a dumb question, but that's what 20 years does to the memory. ???
 

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Yep, fluid will probably come out pretty good.
Most parts stores have transmission tailshaft plugs that you can insert into the tailshaft.

They usually run about $20 for the set, give or take.
http://www.lislecorp.com/tool_detail.cfm?detail=256
 

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You won't drain the trans completely and depending on the angle of the vehicle, you might only lose a pint or less. Are you removing the drive shaft for u-joints or the rear seal of the trans? Transman