Ended up using a smaller ratchet and socket that slipped right into the space. Now, how does one disconnect the transmission dipstick tube thing that's connected to the pan? Mine's hanging by it for the time being...
From what I've read I would think so. But I also would think as long as you keep clean fluid in it, changing to synthetic after 230k miles isn't necessarily going to buy you more years/miles. Is it the original A440?
@Hambone, yes original tranny, no previous work done. I did a fluid only change ~5 yrs ago. Recently began experiencing bad noise when letting off and getting back on it...think its not totally locking in OD.
Sorry for the hijacking.
I did mine about a year ago, dropped pan cleaned filter etc. but I did the rodney flush. I think they hold a total of 16 quarts IIRC. I bought 18 quarts of synthetic for the flush. Topped it off and it works pretty dang good now after a little adjusting of the kick-down cable. And its bolted to a 350. 190k miles or so.