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I changed tranny filter and pan gasket, still leaks, possible inner seal? any suggestions?

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Majority of tranny related issue about leaking are caused by the rear main seal leaking. Wipe of majority of the fluid that is leaking and then start the car. Let it run to normal temp and then shut it off and check that area. If it appears right back in that same spot, it's probably your rear main seal. Use a product (or something similar) called Auto-RX.

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Need to identify where leak is coming from wipe clean bottom of transmission and check trans lines ,dipstick tube, rear seal ,pan for leak or drip start van and let run drive around block than park and recheck trans for leak if leak by where engine and trans meet than front seal anywhere else fix and or replace front seal two choices first can try a trans leak additive follow instructions carefully or need to pull trans to replace seal

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I apologize for the delayed response in this matter as I am a full-time student and work full time as well.

I have recently scrapped a 98 Plymouth Grand Voyager SE. I had the problem of tranny leak, and it began to slip. After nearly a year of the van sitting, I finally had money and time to figure out the problem. First thinking it was the seal and/or torque converter, of which I purchased, I later found it was the transmission itself due to the leak (seal). I dropped the transmission pan to drain the fluid and found hand fulls of metal shavings.

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