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ATF Bonehead Move - help

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Bought a cheapo pump to pump out my transmission fluid and replace it. Midway through, the 3 inch plastic tube shook loose and sunk into transmission fluid. I have tried a hanger, compressed air, etc to get it out without success. It is a ZF transmission on a 1998 Sportster without a pan on bottom. Any recommendations other then taking the transmission apart? Also, is it absolutely necessary to get it out or since it sunk could it just sit on bottom? i would run the risk of trashing my transmission but not sure what else i could do without having to open it up.

Any thoughts? I cant be the first bonehead to do this. 

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was told to try and shop vac fluid out and see if it sucks up the plastic or at least get eyes on it and come up with a method to extract. 

Any specific suction pumps i can use to pull ATF out?

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Harbor Freight makes an inspection camera with a snake lens. Item # 61839 or 62359, $75.  Next time tether something like that. Good luck.

<<<<------ My daughters years ago. 

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I would definitely not run it. Get as much of the ATF out and then i would say, be patient and keep working it with a coat hanger or two. See if you can at least

get the hose in sight. then try to clamp it with something, maybe another coat hanger with a hook to wedge it out. Or a large tye wrap with a loop at one end to slip

over the tube.

All the best. 

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thank you. bought a 12 inch tweezers, will vac it out and see what is down there. hopefully i can just grab it and go, May need to get creative to see it or pump some compressed air to push it around. However, i don't think i need to pull the transmission now. still have a few inches of ice on the lake, life will go on. 

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Been there when I was changing oil on one of the cars years ago.  I pushed my finger through the foil seal as usual and dumped the quart in the funnel.  As the oil splashed into the funnel I noticed a shiny something disappear  down the funnel and into the valave cover....oh crap!  With a bore scope I found it was the foil off the quart container....my finger had torn it off and it dropped inside the quart.  I got it out with a long tool line what was posted above after some patience.  I now always cut the foil and fully remove it  with a knife!  Good luck!

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