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Uh Oh leaking trans fluid

Took a trip to the mountains this week and when I pulled up at home to park my small trailer I was towing I had trans fluid leaking everywhere. Crawled under the truck and it looks like trans fluid was leaking from the pan where a bolt had come out of the pan. I will attach a pic!!

Truck ran fine all week and all the way home, just hope nothing got messed up. Checked the dipstick and it was dry. Gonna have it towed tomorrow to shop to get it checked out because I am far from mechanically inclined.

What kind of trans fluid should be used? Does gasket need to be replaced with a new one? How many quarts does trans take? Anything else I should have the shop look at? Is there a filter that should be changed?

Any help is appreciated.
It’s a 2001 7.3
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The missing bolt is on the "inspection cover" and unrelated to fluid loss. Most likely the transmission overheated and puke fluid out of the front seal. Cheap fix is to add some fluid and test drive before sending to the shop.

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There is a bolt missing from this cover as you can see and fluid was pouring out of this area. I checked the dipstick and it was dry looking. Why would that be?? How much should I add? What size bolt is it?
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Greenskeeper is right. That is an inspection cover plate and the odds are the front seal on your transmission is done. You can probably add fluid to it and see if it will hold, but my experience with these things is that it will not for very long and you will probably have to have the transmission dropped and serviced. This could get pricey.

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Took a trip to the mountains this week and when I pulled up at home to park my small trailer I was towing I had trans fluid leaking everywhere. Crawled under the truck and it looks like trans fluid was leaking from the pan where a bolt had come out of the pan. I will attach a pic!!

Truck ran fine all week and all the way home, just hope nothing got messed up. Checked the dipstick and it was dry. Gonna have it towed tomorrow to shop to get it checked out because I am far from mechanically inclined.

What kind of trans fluid should be used? Does gasket need to be replaced with a new one? How many quarts does trans take? Anything else I should have the shop look at? Is there a filter that should be changed?

Any help is appreciated.
Itís a 2001 7.3
If my memory serves the transmission hold around 17 quarts but the pan hold 6-7ish. go buy 2 or 3 gallons of Valvoline dexmerc from walmart and a long narrow funnel. add a couple quarts and wait 5 minutes and add more till you are at the cold full line. start the truck up and shift through all the gears and put back in park and turn the truck off. wait about 10 or so minutes and check again.

once the truck is at the cold full mark take it for a drive and get the truck/transmission warm and check it again.

The oem transmission cooler is a piece of junk on the 99-03 7.3ls and many install one of two kits.

tru cool kit or the 6.0l transmission cooler (both require some work and an adapter for larger hoses and few feet of 1/2in oil rated hose but are easy. did mine in like 3hrs in the street in front of my house).

I would get the trucks fluid right and install one of the above transmission coolers and truck on for now.

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How much would front seal be to get fixed? Anyone have a guess. Truck is going to shop tomorrow to get checked out!!
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that post is hailing a member who is familiar with the transmission you have to see if he has any further suggestions
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