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Transmission leaked after a pull
I have a 99 4x4 F250. This past weekend I was towing a camper down the interstate for about 100 miles. Everything went just fine on the entire trip until I stopped to back the camper up into a parking lot at the end of the trip. I noticed that there was fluid pouring out of the dust cover on the transmission into a puddle. We're talking steady stream coming out of that little hole in the bottom, not just a drip. I noticed where I first stopped there was also a puddle, but nothing before then, and not really anything in between the two stops where i backed up to park the thing. It seems like it was not leaking under load, just when it was at idle. The fluid didn't smell burned or anything.
I didn't know what was going on, so I had it towed to a transmission shop back home (100 mile tow..nice).
They finally got around to checking it and said it was low on fluid, which is obvious because it was on the ground back at the park. They put some fluid in it and drove it around and said it drove and shifted fine, and was "seeping" from the front seal they thought. (i wouldnt have used the word seeping at all the way it was leaking after we towed that camper..it was like a slow pouring like out of a bottle)
I have heard that some of these transmissions have a vent or something that can leak. I heard this after talking to them, can anyone confirm this? Does this sound like maybe what is going on with mine - fluid coming out of the vent when it's hot? I don't have an external cooler, and I just bought the camper. I was thinking if this was a non-catastrophic event, I might just put a big cooler on for now and give it some time to see if it really grenades and give me some time to save up some more funds for a replacement.
Any advice? They quoted me 2500-2900 for the rebuild. The ford dealer quoted me 3500 for a reman, with 925 of that being labor. The transmission place I towed it to told me they could also order a ford remanu.