ok, first things first.
What makes you think that the band is dead?
There is a test to determine if the band functions or not, read up on the article for more on this, just cause it wont shift into od, doesnt mean that the band is dead.
Most probable cause is direct drum failure.
Also, the OD band cannot be pulled out the bottom, it can only come out the bellhousing. its pretty much right behind the pump. and comes out with the reverse drum. The problem is with the direct drum, almost the last thing to come out.
Heres the test:
Drive at a steady 50mph, then pull the shift lever into manual second. If the engine free-revs, the OD band is dead. If you get high rpms, engine braking, the OD band is working just fine.
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