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It has been my experience that it is probably bad. It doesn't just leak for the hell of it. It'll need a new seal, definitely. While you are taking it off to put a seal on it, it is almost not worth putting back on without going through it, and putting new clutches, etc in it. The nice thing about it is that no matter how bad you mess one up, you can always rebuild it (unlike an engine). If you can't afford a rebuild right now, just keep fluid in it, and keep running it. Try some Lucas transmission fixer in it.
I had the same problem more or less in mud one time. Big heavy F350 super duty, little lifted, 335 tires (bout equivalent to 35"), a ton of bumpers on it -- Buried up till it was sitting on it's bumpers. Bad. For some reason, I forgot to put it in 4lo, and I was trying to get this thing out. Bad things happened. It took a full size farm tractor and a lot of effort to get it out. Don't worry, it was a Ford tractor. Oh, and i nearly took out a State Trooper that was blocking traffic when it finally came out. The truck was sliding sideways, and the tractor was pulling from the blacktop road. Here we were sliding sort of diagonally, and the chain starts getting really close to the car really quick. Luckily the trooper saw it and moved it in a hurry.
Anyway. I was doing all sorts of damage in 4hi while stuck, and didn't know it. If I was in 4lo, I would have probably still been stuck, but might not have wrecked my transmission. It drove when I got out, but it was leaking fluid like a sieve. It took me like 4 gallons to get 80 miles home. When the mechanic went into the transmission, it was pretty much as bad as one could get. No gears were broken or anything, but everything else was needing replacement.
So, it would really help to be in 4lo.
Eli Benson - EMT, Ambulance Mechanic
'08 F350 Dually KR - Spartan'd
'07 F250 CC SB 4x4 XLT - SCT /w Innovative Tunes
4 '09 & '10 E350 6.0l ambulances
1 '08 Duramax 6.6 (LMM) van ambulance
Last edited by elibenson; 01-01-2009 at 07:59 AM.