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I have 2000 4x4 with 168k that among other problems recently decided to begin leaking tranny fluid from somewhere in by the converter. I pulled the cover off the converter/flexplate area to make sure it was not the drain plug that I had out the other day while flushing the system. Seem that It is something further back which I figure mean pulling my tranny out to replace a seal or something of the like.

So I'm wondering how difficult and time consuming will it be for me to pull the tranny to stop this leak? I do plenty of car work on FWD cars and have done a manual tranny on an 87 F-150 before, but I basically want to be sure this is something I am ready for, and can do soon cause the leaking is making a mess of the underside of my truck, driveway, and anything I am towing.

Also while the tranny is out is there anything I should do to it that will help to keep it running good for a while longer? I was thinking about either a BTS valve body or at the very least doing a Transgo shiftkit, but $$$'s are tight right now. Course in a perfect world I'd love to put in a better Torque Converter while I have the tranny out but I think for right now I'll have to put the stock one back in.

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front seal in the tranny.you can pull that tranny in about 3hours,and put the new seal in in about 10 min.so about a full day in a garage with a hand or two.
 

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Not hard. with proper tools very little time. BUT you better have a pretty stout tranny jack. This tranny is not light!
 

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thats no kidding
 

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I have a harbor freight scissor style one that I use for Taurus SHO trannys both ATX and MTX. THe ATX trannys are about 300lbs and the MTX's are about 100lbs. How much weight are we talking on my truck's tranny?

I can always justify the expense of a new tool or jack for the shop when doing a job. I wish my forklift had longer forks cause they would do a nice job of holding and dropping the tranny I would assume.
 

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I have a harbor freight scissor style one that I use for Taurus SHO trannys both ATX and MTX. THe ATX trannys are about 300lbs and the MTX's are about 100lbs. How much weight are we talking on my truck's tranny?

I can always justify the expense of a new tool or jack for the shop when doing a job. I wish my forklift had longer forks cause they would do a nice job of holding and dropping the tranny I would assume.
You don't want to use that sissor jack. Trust me on this, the trans will break the jack which may cause injury to you.

I have the harbor frieght trans jack that is hydraulic and rated for around 2,000 pounds. I have used it to drop many transmissions. I think it cost me around 200 dollars and has been a great investment for me.

It took me and a buddy 1.5 hours to drop my trans out of my 2002 F-250 with the t-case attached to it.
 

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I would for sure put a new converter in while its out. Most local trans shops can get you a billet multi clutch converter for around $600 to $800. If you can't afford that, then a rebuilt one from Ford about $400 to $500. It will have a new front cover but it's not billett.
 

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I was considering a new converter while I was in there. I'm quickly scrapping a few parts cars that I have so that I can try and generate the cash to buy a decent TC to swap in there while this is out. To bad I took my 20 cat converters in for scrap a month ago, that $1500 would have been useful now.
 

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I pulled mine yesterday evening in about 2 hours. The hardest part was not being able to re-install it( I didn't have a transmission to transfer case gasket, and I am going to replace the front seal while it's out aswell). But it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought. And all I had to get it out was a floor jack. Good luck!
 
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