I own a 1997 Explorer, six cylinder, automatic transmission, 4x4. The transmission dipstick tube has a whole in it. So, when attempting to fill the transmission with ATF, it leaks immediately onto the ground. I noticed that the dipstick tube ends about six inches prior to the transmission with the dipstick tube inserted into a flared end of a tube coming from the transmission. Is there a way to remove the transmission dipstick tube (easily), or is it a matter of just pulling the dipstick tube away from the flared end with some old fashioned "elbow grease?"
If I remember correctly, the easiest way to remove the bolt that holds the tube bracket is from the Right hand wheelarch. Behind the wheel there's a flexible cover you can remove (held on by clips) and you'll be able to see the bracket and bolt just above the oil filter. cheers