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Gasket replacement Took my 2001 Taurus to dealer and was told timing cover gasket, transmission pan gasket, and axle seals @ transmission all need to be replaced. Does leak a very small amount of transmission fluid on driveway. Question is: how critical is this? Can I get another 6 months or year out of this vehicle?

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  • samsin71 May 11, 2010

    I have a ford taurus se 2001...when i start the car i's fine but sometimes it wants to take off by itself...when i come to a slow stop behind another car and i push on the gas the car reves up and then go sometimes...even at a total this a transmission problem



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In my opinion if the car is changing gears fine then just fix the gasket and seals when you can if its changing fine then they are trying to rip you off as renewing the seals and gasket will fix your leak and if its slipping gears it could last a day it could last a year so if its slipping yes its important to replace it

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