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Old 12-02-2012, 10:22 AM
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E4OD leaking from front seal

I have a 1996 powerstroke with 123,000 miles on the stock transmission. We have known that tranny has been weak for a couple years. We have just been babying it. We have a 75 HP chip installed and a big intake.

Today we noticed it started leaking out of the front seal where the torque converter is. I'm wondering what options I have. I was told once they start leaking, they start pouring when you fire them up. Im wondering if it could make it a 170 mile trip to Anchorage where I can get the transmission rebuilt?

As far as rebuilds, I know BTS and suncoast and those guys do great work, but sending it out from Alaska and back, after everything is done will probably $6000+ for a built Trans. Is it worth just putting a stock one back in? If we were to build it a little bit, what parts should be aftermarket? Torque converter, input shaft?

What are your guys's opinions?

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:46 AM
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The seal _can_ be replaced but chances are that is the seal is leaking it is because the bearings in the front pump are on their way out causing the input shaft to sag. While the warranty wouldn't be as good both BTS and Suncoast sell complete rebuild kits and just have the parts shipped to your shop instead of two ways on a complete trans. Personally I would check the oil level and make the trip.


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Old 12-03-2012, 09:49 AM
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mine was doing the same thing, especially when i tow, i put stop leak in it and run it lol, but yeah would be easy to ship parts to you than trans there and back, good luck with your trip
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:12 PM
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Thanks for the replies. Sorry it took me so long, ive been sick for the past few days. I've basically decided that I need to go the cheaper route and put a stock transmission back into it. With my chevy burning anti-freeze, 2002 cummins with a leaking wheel-seal, and relying on my old first gen cummins for my only set of wheels, I need to get this fixed.

So guys think it would be okay to just fill the oil and make the trip?

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Old 12-06-2012, 10:36 PM
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just get some stop leak at bear minimum just to slow it a little, good luck on your trip
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:40 AM
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^agreed. should be fine to make the trip.
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Leak seals are really bad for transmission they contain zinc and swell the internal seals . I would only use this if your sure the transmission is bad .
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