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Transmission fluid leaking after getting warm from front of transmission pan even after replacing gasket, and need torque specs for transmission pan

Transmission fluid is leaking badly from my 1997 Jeep Cherokee Sport's transmission pan towards the front. I can't figure out an exact spot it's leaking from, so I want to know if there's something else by the pan that could be leaking fluid at the front of it? Also i replaced the pan gasket, but dont' know the exact torque for each of the 19 bolts holding it on and am curious as to what that is cause i may just not have it tight enough on. It's been doing this before I replaced the gasket, and will only start after I drive for a little while and the transmission gets warm

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    tranmission fluid leaking rapidly but the exact source is not known it is coming down fron from the front passanger side of the truck

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Pan bolt torque is in inch pounds (not a lot, around 10-15) generally it's not necessary for exact because pans are a bit warped many times and exact dosen't work anyhow. Tighten snugly without leaning into the wrench, then check running and tighten anywhere that is seeping.
if it's dry after a week of running it's fine.It's important not to crush the gasket. If you have one with a two piece dipstick tube sometimes if the vent is a bit blocked the fluid can get out at the connection between the two halves. I don't know if anything is available to join them together better but I use a piece of hose over them to keep water out off-road. Make sure the vent is clear. If it's leaking, the only way to find the leak is to look carefully at everything, clean off areas where there is too much gunk to see well. pretty much the only place at the front that there is a seal is in the pump and around the pump. it would leak down inside the bellhousing and drip out onto the front of the pan rail after being blown back while driving. Both seals are not accessible unless the unit is removed.

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SOURCE: Need torque specs for oil pan gasket

There likely is a spec for oil pan but unless you are a finatic, you really don't need to know what it is. Simple rule: Don't crank down ******* any fastener. If corners near crank ends have larger fasteners, you can tighten them a bit more than on siderails. Before tightening anything, install all bolts finger tight, to ensure that they are not cross threaded. To avoid warping pan, tighten from the center of the pan, working towards both ends, alternating from side to side as you go. When you are finished, go over it again, using the same amount of force on each bolt. As I said, end bolts can if larger in diameter, be tightened more but be careful not to tighten so much that you will either split or push the gasket out the sides.. Anywhere two gasket ends **** together, I recommend using a sensor -safe dab of silicone. An oil pan is not under any mechanical stress or pressure. I have used this method for many years and NEVER had one leak. If you really need #s, small fasteners get about 12-15in lbs, larger ones about 20.

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