Volume: stock capacity
Dimensions: Click here for dimensions.
Number of Bolts: 17 bolts (there are 19 holes, 2 holes locate the gasket and 17 holes for bolts to hold the pan to the transmission case)
Availability and Pricing: Prototype parts available. Pricing to be determined.
Although this is a stock capacity pan, this PML pan is about 3/4 inch deeper than stock. The extra depth is from the thick wall construction and fins.
- Finned to increase surface area for heat dissipation
- Drain and magnetic drain plug
- Thick walls and gasket flange
- Sand cast aluminum construction
- Slightly deeper than stock to maintain ground clearance for low profile vehicles such as cars, lowered trucks, and trucks with some skid plates
Skid Plates and Off Roading
Off roading vehicles should protect the transmission pan with a skid plate. PML pans are aluminum, which is great for heat dissipation but will not withstand contact with a rock.
Check the distance between the top of the skid plate and the bottom of the stock pan. This PML pan is about 3/4 inch deeper than the stock pan and there needs to be space between the pan and skid plate.
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Extra Capacity Deep 6L50 Transmission Pan
Two Stock Pans
PML knows about two pans for the GM 6L50 transmission. The PML pans are based on the pan on the right in this image, the pan that looks used.
The GM 6L50 transmission is found on models of Camaro, Cadillacs, Caprice, and 2015 and newer Canyon and Colorado trucks. A stock capacity pan would be designed for:
- 2009 to 2015 Camaro 3.6
- Some Cadillac CTS, SLS, STS
- Vehicles with the 6L45 transmission (such as Caprice)
- Trucks and SUVs needing ground clearance
PML makes a large, deep pan for the 6L50 transmission that is available now.
Always check your vehicle to verify transmission and clearance. Configurations vary.
Eli installed this pan on his 2019 Colorado Diesel ZR2 4WD. The truck has the factory skid plate, which does not cover the transmission pan. He used 6 quarts of fluid and is debating adding a bit more. He is seeing 2 to 4 degree temperature drops.
2017 Colorado Diesel 4WD With Skid Plate
Arthur installed this pan on his 2017 Chevy Colorado z71 Duramax with full AEV skid protection. He put in 7.5 qts of fluid (amsoil synthetic). This pan has 1 to 2 inches of clearance between the pan and the skid protection bars.
He uses a Banks data monster to monitor fluid temperatures. In the winter on the highway, average temperature is between 120-133. In stop and go city traffic temperatures climb to 140 to 160 degrees and the temperature drops quickly once on the highway.
Fill and Level Check
On the stock pan, we've heard that the fill is actually a hole in the main casing, on the passenger side, that is plugged with a rubber plug (no dip stick or fill tube) and the fluid level is checked by removing a bolt that looks like a drain at the rear of the pan while the transmission is operating at temperature. If no overflow occurs, the transmission needs fluid. Check your owners manual for the procedure for your vehicle.
The fluid level would be checked the same way with a PML pan as with the stock pan. This PML pan has a level check at the same location relative to the transmission as the stock pan.
Fluid level checks, click to view larger image Click on image to view larger.
Drain and Optional Temperature Sending Unit Machining
This PML transmission pan has a drain on the driver side. A magnetic drain plug is included.
Optionally, this pan can be drilled and tapped for a temperature sending unit. The standard specification is 1/8 NPT. The location is the boss on the passenger side of the pan. There is a machining charge. Select this option when purchasing the pan.
Drain, Driver/Left side of PML pan Passenger side of pan, boss for optional temperature sending unit machining Click on image to view larger.
We know of two OEM stock pans for the GM 6L50 transmission.
- One has heights of 3.3 inches at the front of the pan and 2.5 at the rear and the bottom flat part is 10.25 inches.
- The other pan is 3.1 inches in height and the bottom flat part is about 9 inches and PML 6L50 pans are based on this one.
PML 6L50 transmission pans are based on the pan on the right in this image. This OEM pan is 3.1 inches deep and found on many Colorado/Canyon trucks and GM/Chevy cars.
Stock GM 6L50 Transmission Pans, PML pan based on pan on right, the dirty one. Click To View Larger Image Click on image to view larger.
PML Transmission Pan Compared to Stock
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Comparing 6L50 stock capacity pan depths, Click To View Larger Image
Stock GM 6L50 and PML Stock Capacity Transmission Pan, Click To View Larger Image
Inside of pans
6L50 pans: PML deep pan, PML stock capacity pan, OEM pan