Looking for the best way to separate the dipstick/fill tube from the transmission.

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Old 04-07-05, 06:53 AM
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Looking for the best way to separate the dipstick/fill tube from the transmission.

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I've been trying to change the transmission filter and fluid in my '91 Jeep Cherokee. The pan must be removed to reach the filter for removal/replace. I've removed the bolts and the dipstick but the tube has me hung-up. It has 9" long stub with a belled end where the dipstick tube seems to slide in like a vaccum cleaner wand. Unfortunately, although it swivels around it will not slide off, it slides off approximatly 3/4 of the way and it hangs-up before totally disengageing. Any suggestions?
 
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Old 04-08-05, 05:10 AM
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Can't say I'm familiar with the tranny/dipstick setup on a Cherokee, but here's a couple of thoughts:

1. I don't know of any vehicles that would require you to remove the dipstick tube simply to do a tranny service, but maybe I'm missing something here. Must have been designed by a Ford engineer if you do, in fact, have to remove it for some reason to accomplish the servicing. A little more info?

2. If the tube goes down through a rubber grommet in the tranny case, you may need to pry the grommet out of the body of the tranny in order for the tube to pull out.
 
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