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How to fix leaky transmission gasket without changing filter

Constantly leaves a puddle

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  • roxana Dec 08, 2012

    Bingo! How do I avoid getting all that old dirt into the ****** itself when changing gasket? this gasket has leaked for years, but recently needs 1/2 can of fluid, not a couple sppons.

  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2012

    You scrape off the bottom of transmission case & clean with brake clean or other solvent,wash out pan,clean magnet. No dirt is getting in there unless the wind is blowing dust around your drive way. Should do the filter if it hasn't been done in 5 years. Becareful you get the orange gasket out with it & don't install new filter with one already up in the case

  • roxana Dec 08, 2012

    So the sludge gathers there. Makes sense. I had the filter changed 10 years ago, and that is when it started leaking. It has 170,000 miles. seems to be some controversy as to whether it is 'safe' to change the filter with such high mileage.,

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Remove the trans case oil pan on the bottom--
has about 14 to 16 bolts

& replace the gasket with the one called
(neoprene)

It is avail from any trans shop for about $4.00

It looks like cardboard & has a waxy coating

Do not use the rubber & cork job --they leak

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Before removing the transmission fluid pan, insure that the area is clean of dirt and debris

2. Place a large drain pan under the transmission.

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Loosen all of the pan attaching bolts to within a few turns of complete removal


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CAUTION DO NOT force the pan while breaking the gasket seal. DO NOT allow the pan flange to become bent or otherwise damaged.

  1. When fluid has drained to the level of the pan flange, remove the pan bolts and carefully lower the pan doing your best to drain the rest of the fluid into the drain pan.ea833e6.gif


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Inspect this magnet inside of the pan for any large pieces of debris. A light gray coating is normal

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Remove the filter mounting bolt ...


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... then pull the filter free from the transmission

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