Transmission drain plug on 1999 GMC Yukon

5.7 L 350 Vortec V8 Gas 99 GMC Yukon. 4WD. Verified transmission: 4L60E w/ deep pan. In '07 i had trans mission re-built (maybe not important) and so...I am replacing a solenoid inside the transmission pan/driver's side. So i must remove pan. NO DRAIN PLUG. NO PLUG Anywhere on the pan. I see the divot where the drain plug should be however no plug has been drilled, it is a smooth divot. Could this be? Could this be a new pan the mechanic put on? What gives? Any clues on where a plug would be? How do I drain then? Di I drill hole and plug later? Can I just loosen pan? Will 8 qts of Tran fluid dump everywhere? I loosened the plug on the rear transfer case and about a cup of milky red substance poured out and that was all. This can not be trans fluid..? Not near enough, however must I replace this fluid? With the blue or red transfer case fluid? Please help soon...drain plug issue most important.

by in Vancouver, WA on January 15, 2010
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ANSWER by , January 17, 2010
I have seen transmission pans with no drain plug (and radiators with no drains), seems like a stupid way for the manufacturers to say a dime. The pan is not thick enough to drill and tap but I would drill the pan and bring it to a radiator shop and get them to braze a nut in place to accept a drain plug for future ease of maintenence.