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Seal gasket on transmission broke and transmission fluid all ran out. Pulled over immediately and car not driven since. Will whole transmission need to be replaced?

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Not replaced but it will have to be resealed. This seems to be a common problem for 2000 and 2001 Dodge and Plymouth. The bad news is the Transmission shop, especially if it is Amocco, will charge you 850 to 900 to do the job which really leads you to ask exactly what are you paying for when they rebuild one since the rebuild cost is 1200 to 1500. I have seen this problem on several occasions and with different models. Make sure it was actually the seal before you go to a shop with it. The lower pressure line that leads from the Transmission to the radiator has a habit of wearing through and rupturing and it will appear as the same thing, the transmission shop will tell you it is the same thing as well then remove and clean the outside of your transmission and reinstall it and replace that line and charge you for the rebuild when they never really did anything. It happens. That is why they hate customers who actually watch what they do or who want the old parts back after a repair. It's harder to rip you off when you do these two simple things. If it is an outer seal you can do the job yourself even if it is the main differential seal, it's not that hard of a job and just takes paying attention to what you are doing.

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Not always depends on what made the seal fail. High performance driving and high RPM starts will raise the pressure in the trans very high and pust the seal out. If the trans was working good with no problems tow it to a transmission shop and they may ( if their honist) put the seal back in or a new one and see haw it goes. If you broke the front sprag and the broken bearing whet though the seal a new seal isn't going to fix anything and the unit will have to be gone completly though just to get the broken medal out.

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