What is your source for factory torque specs? I haven't been able to find a service manual anywhere. Just wondering where to find them for future reference.Just wanted to say outstanding post bullfrog! My van has 83K and I'm planning on doing this service now that I got the door cable replaced. Your detailed photos make it easy!
Factory spec shows 30 lb-ft for the drain plug, and 36 lb-ft for the fill plug.
I sold my Scangauge last year with my Excursion, so I don't have a good way of measuring transmission temperature. So I plan on accurately measuring what I take out and putting that much back in the transmission. I see why you did Step 7, but I would NOT do that again. Running the pump without fluid in the pan could cause permanent damage. You probably didn't hurt anything by quickly doing it once, but I would highly recommend against doing so in the future.
Once again, THANKS!!!