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Old 09-21-2005, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
Spud Unger
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Transfer Case Drain Plug

I have 96 Explorer 4.0L 4wd Control Trac. I removed the transfer case
drain pug and I noticed something like teflon paste on the threads. The
Chiltons manual doesn't mention anything like it in the drain/refill
procedure. Do I need to be concerned with this? tia
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Old 09-21-2005, 23:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Transfer Case Drain Plug


Spud Unger wrote:
> I have 96 Explorer 4.0L 4wd Control Trac. I removed the transfer case
> drain pug and I noticed something like teflon paste on the threads. The
> Chiltons manual doesn't mention anything like it in the drain/refill
> procedure. Do I need to be concerned with this? tia


Sounds like teflon plumbers tape, the modern pipe dope. I wouldn't
think it's necessary, the transfer case isn't under a lot of pressure
like a water pipe is.
But it wouldn't hurt to use it, I guess...
-Paul

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Old 09-22-2005, 18:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Transfer Case Drain Plug

This stuff is applied at the factory as added insurance against unseemly
leaks on a brand new vehicle.

The reasoning..... these units are not assembled in the same building (or
possibly even in the same state/province/country) as the truck. The units
are filled with lubricant at the time of manufacture and all the external
opeings are plugged well enough to avoid ANY possible leaks. We have no idea
of the juxtaposition of these subassemblies during shipping or storage. A
little thread sealant on the threads will ensure no unsightly blemishes.

It certainly can't hurt to use a thread sealant on the plug when it is
reinstalled.... there is, however, no requirement for it and properly
tightening the plug (after cleaning the old thread sealer off), should give
a leak free installation.


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>
> Spud Unger wrote:
> > I have 96 Explorer 4.0L 4wd Control Trac. I removed the transfer case
> > drain pug and I noticed something like teflon paste on the threads. The
> > Chiltons manual doesn't mention anything like it in the drain/refill
> > procedure. Do I need to be concerned with this? tia

>
> Sounds like teflon plumbers tape, the modern pipe dope. I wouldn't
> think it's necessary, the transfer case isn't under a lot of pressure
> like a water pipe is.
> But it wouldn't hurt to use it, I guess...
> -Paul
>



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Old 09-23-2005, 09:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Transfer Case Drain Plug

I put it back without any sealant. I wasn't sure if it was some kind of
space age special purpose sealer ford used. maybe next time i'll use a
little teflon paste. Thanks for response.

Jim Warman wrote:
> This stuff is applied at the factory as added insurance against unseemly
> leaks on a brand new vehicle.
>
> The reasoning..... these units are not assembled in the same building (or
> possibly even in the same state/province/country) as the truck. The units
> are filled with lubricant at the time of manufacture and all the external
> opeings are plugged well enough to avoid ANY possible leaks. We have no idea
> of the juxtaposition of these subassemblies during shipping or storage. A
> little thread sealant on the threads will ensure no unsightly blemishes.
>
> It certainly can't hurt to use a thread sealant on the plug when it is
> reinstalled.... there is, however, no requirement for it and properly
> tightening the plug (after cleaning the old thread sealer off), should give
> a leak free installation.
>
>
> <carbide@egine.com> wrote in message
> news:1127366691.554435.269280@g14g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
>
>>Spud Unger wrote:
>>
>>>I have 96 Explorer 4.0L 4wd Control Trac. I removed the transfer case
>>>drain pug and I noticed something like teflon paste on the threads. The
>>>Chiltons manual doesn't mention anything like it in the drain/refill
>>>procedure. Do I need to be concerned with this? tia

>>
>>Sounds like teflon plumbers tape, the modern pipe dope. I wouldn't
>>think it's necessary, the transfer case isn't under a lot of pressure
>>like a water pipe is.
>>But it wouldn't hurt to use it, I guess...
>>-Paul
>>

>
>
>


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