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Old 04-22-2012, 04:50 PM
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Trans leaking..what to expect?

I am noticed some fluid under my truck the last week and thought it was oil at first, but it's red and dripping from the little access cover between the oil pan and the tranny. I'm guessing the front seal is out or the torque converter is leaking. It shifts perfect and doesnt act up at all, just drips fluid. I am taking it to get looked at Wednesday and just wondering if anyone has had this happen and what the fix was.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:53 PM
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Hadn't happened to me, but I've read of it happening but mainly all at once because of very high trans temps.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:57 PM
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I have the same issue seems to be comming from the v-notch in the access cover for the torque converter. I havent had the patience or cash ti look into it. I have noticed that it seems intermittent so i have no clue. So far i havent noticed being too low on the dip stick althought i hate the bullet style dipstick i have.

Let us know if you figure out were its comming from

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Old 04-23-2012, 07:48 PM
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I have the same problem with my truck, was pulling horse trailer and stopped to eat and noticed trans oil leaking pretty good, check dip stick fluid was still up to par so drove it home,Got home and continued to leak.. Let it sit about 2 hours and took it for a drive and no more leaking... My guess is trans is getting hot, anyone know the cure for this let us know plz....
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:53 PM
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I dont have gauges yet so i hope its not a heat issue. I do like to romp on it quite a bit. I know its not a race car but dam for 8000 lb truck it will move.... i will have to pay attention and see if that is my issue... may be time to get a gauge i guess

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Old 04-24-2012, 03:42 AM
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For overheating? Get a bigger cooler usually.
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:52 AM
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seen this issue alot , alot of times it is caused by to much heat ,the excess heat scorches the seal , and then im sure there are times when its just the seal goin bad , either way pull the trans , replace the seal, service trans good and alot of times thats all thats needed
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I'm hoping mine is just the seal and I'm guessing it's just from wear/old age, cause my tranny doesnt ever get above 180 degrees, mostly around 140-180. I have a guy pulling mine out tomorrow so I'll report back with my news
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Old 05-01-2012, 04:54 PM
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Alright, got the truck back and the seal was leaking some but the big problem was the torque converter. Turns out one of the mounting tabs had broken and the fluid was leaking out of the weld. I must say that the truck is a lot less noisy now. I had the "torque converter death rattle" so I've heard it called. It was really "rattling" when it was idling and now it's much quieter, almost like a 6.0, lol
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