CHECK YOUR LEVEL, no matter what... Better to have some leftover Mercon V than to not have enough.
If you pull your valve body, you'll siphon most of the fluid out of the converter. Three years ago, I put only 4-1/2 quarts back in mine after j-modding it (I had just drained and refilled the whole system a few months prior to that). Since the drain pan went right into a big collection tank, I didn't realize how much fluid I really lost when I dropped the valve body. After trying a test drive, I ended up having to put around 10 quarts (total) in, if I remember correctly, but the damage was already done. I had tried driving it, and like an idiot, I thought maybe there was a little air in the system that would get worked out. I ended up frying the forward clutches.
Now, $2500 and three attempts at getting a working transmission later, I have my DR transmission, that so far has given me no problems, over the past three years and about 30,000 miles.
Heres link to the thread where A-Train and others helped me figure the whole thing out. Reply #16 is where things started to make sense.
97 LX, 4.6, Dynomax catback, Mustang MAF/intake tube and Aviator throttle body, Xcalibrator2 by Lonnie at BOC, 180 t-stat, Super Coupe wheels with 235/60/16's, Kenny Brown strut tower brace, Tokico Blues, Eibach Pro-kit, some strategically placed MN12 Performance polyurethane pieces, '02 Grand Marquis transmission
Submariners do it deeper...
Last edited by terraplane8; 07-31-2006 at 06:18 PM.