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Old 05-17-2012, 08:17 PM
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Unexpected metal in tranny pan

Completed my 30k fluid change this evening. When I dropped the pan I was surprised to find A LOT of find metal shavings all over the magnetic as well as 3 or four small pieces of metal. The metal pieces were approx 3/8" long by 1/32" wide and .0001" in thickness. I have no idea where they came from but I am worried now. I have 179,000 mi on the tranny, bought the truck with 136,000 mi and it hasn't missed a beat during this time. I have the sonnax shift kit and some light tunes. It always shifts well although 2nd gear lockup is sometimes a little hard, but most 4r100s I have driven have been that way. Fluid was a just a hair dark but smelled completely normal. Any ideas? Should I be concerned or just keeping driving like I never saw it??

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:41 AM
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Really, what IS there to do but ride it out?

Keep doing what you're doing, maybe start a fund and as soon as you start seeing issues with shifting you know it could be something more serious than a filter change
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Old 05-18-2012, 08:36 AM
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That's what I figured but I thought if there was something I could to right now to avoid the inevitable I would. Such as the Sonnax Sure Cure kit etc??? Better to spend a few hundred now than thousands in a few months.
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A Few Months? Who knows you could go a coupla Years! If you hadn't been in there, to find those pieces, you'd be perfectly happy now. Just think of how many there are of us with the same thing and are just "blissfully unaware"

As for putting in any kind of kit now, after 180K, I'd say don't bother the wear & tear has already taken place, nothing can undo it.

I'm not just saying forget what you found, just keep it in mind for the future and resign yourself to the fact that there's nothing more that you can do....
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Old 05-19-2012, 07:58 AM
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Well, I cut the old trans filter apart last night and found hundreds of little pieces of aluminum. Something is definitely not right, but I am going to do my best to forget about it till it fails.......
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Old 07-20-2012, 09:34 PM
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There will ALWAYS be metal on the magnet.. That's completely normal.. And don't ever forget to put it back in cuz that will kill ur tranny after a few 1000 miles.


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Old 07-22-2012, 05:47 PM
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The previous owner off my truck had the wrong pan gasket on it do it leaked. I got the forc gasket and took the pan off and found alot of metal around the magnet. And just like a grayish slime all over the pan. I took it all off with brake cleaner. Is that normal. That was the first time I took the pan off. But I didn't find any chunks of metal.

Is this normal? Sorry not to hijack my question is kinda related


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Old 07-23-2012, 06:19 AM
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A grey "mud" on the magnet, after many miles, is perfectly normal.

What the guy above you must have missed in the original post was "I was surprised to find A LOT of find metal shavings all over the magnetic as well as 3 or four small pieces of metal"
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Old 07-31-2012, 01:05 PM
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I found a 4 inch piece of a broken c clip and some small pieces stuck to the magnet when I did mine. Freaked me out, I am pretty easy on the truck no problems yet that was 20k ago.
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