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Transmission oil smells burnt and transmission won't work when hot

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Sounds like the pump got weak, or some of the clutch packs started slipping or both.
Pull off the transmission pan, and look for debris from failed clutches or worse, metal.
you will most likely have to repair or change the unit.
if you change the tranny, remember to flush the cooler and lines before you hook them up to the new trans, or you may have repeat failures.

leave a couple of bolts in one of the pan, when removing it.
that way most of the oil will drain from the opposite side, keeping the mess to a minimum.

Posted on Aug 06, 2010


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