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Old 05-17-2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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Water in my automatic transmission:(

I noticed I had pink trans fluid today after I drove to work. I am going to go home and change the fluid and filter. I will put some lucas trans fix in too. I hope I didn't ruin my trans. What do you guys think? It still works right now. I have about a 7 mile drive on the way home. Will it be ok?
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Old 05-17-2010, 02:25 PM   #2
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Its been in there since sat.

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if i knew i had water in my trans, i would tow it, its worth the money. also, changing the filter won't change all the fluid. you need to flush it as well.

if it were me, i'd tow it, have the filter changed, filled, then flushed. probably cost 200 bux, plus a tow, but better than a trans failure.
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I got it home and drained the fluid. I plan to put some back in and not drive it. I won't have a chance to go to the shop to have it flushed till sat. I just didn't want it to sit there with the bad fluid in the actual trans. It slips just barely when first taking off then its fine. I won't drive it till its flushed. I hope its ok because we have a trip next weekend. Just my luck. It was rebuilt about 8 months ago so I hope the damage is minamal.
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Draining the tranny at the pan removes less than half of the tranny's contaminated ATF with the balance being inside the cooler and torque converter. I would have the tranny thoroughly flushed asap since water can disolve the glue that holds the transmission's internal friction clutch surfaces in place. Due to that glue issue, this is not something that can wait. I also would use nothing but ATF+3 or (better) ATF+4, I would not add any Lucas additive as it will not help when water has been ingested.
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i already tried to tell him, i give up, lol. no way i would've driven 7 miles knowing water was in my auto trans.

that 75 dollar tow would've been well worth the money.
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If the transmission is drained and the jeep isnt started would that keep the water off the clutches till The trans was flushed? I would think it would. I may just pull the transmission if I don't think it will be ok. The place that rebuilt it will do it again for 250.ish if I pull it and bring it to them.
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I may just have it rebuilt because its 100 for a flush that may not work.
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Well I did a home made flush to get most of the water out till I can go get in flushed by a machine on sat. I pulled one line off the radiator and ran the jeep while I kept adding fluid till it was really good looking fluid. I used about 12 and a 1/2 courts. It seemed to work. I took it for a short ride and no slipping. I also checked the fluid after the drive and it was still good looking red. I will take it in and get it machine flushed to be safe this weekend and test it on a couple hills to make sure it will hold up.
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You did good, let's hope it saves the transmission. Based on what you did, I am not so sure I would pay to have it flushed again this weekend.
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Thanks Jerry. I have 2 kids and my wife goes to work as soon as I get home so its hard to get them packed up in the late evening and make it to a shop before they close. So I figured I'd do it this way to get it done sooner.
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i agree, you don't need to flush it at a shop. you did what the flush machine does. you should be good to go.
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After the flush most of the time it was fine. It would act up from a dead stop like 1 time every 30. The more I drove it the better it got. It was like a valve was sticking. I put some lucas in there and it went down till almost nothing now. The last 2 times I went out it worked perfect.
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Water in my transmission

I got stuck in water about to my floorboards. After getting out and putting in reverse my transmission starting freezing up and milky looking transmission started pouring out of my front bell housing... Any suggestions on how to fix? Hoping to not have to replace transmission.
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I got stuck in water about to my floorboards. After getting out and putting in reverse my transmission starting freezing up and milky looking transmission started pouring out of my front bell housing... Any suggestions on how to fix? Hoping to not have to replace transmission.
Tow it to a shop that has a Exchange Machine & hope for the best.
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Water in an automatic transmission is something that CANNOT be allowed to stay, you have to get the transmission flushed with fresh ATF+4 as soon as possible. Water can dissolve glues that are holding friction clutches in place can dissolve so don't think this is something to do as soon as you can get around to it, I'd get it flushed asap.
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I got stuck in water about to my floorboards. After getting out and putting in reverse my transmission starting freezing up and milky looking transmission started pouring out of my front bell housing... Any suggestions on how to fix? Hoping to not have to replace transmission.
Torque converter seal went bad? Only thing i can think of for fluid to come from the bell-housing.
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Could have been flowing out of the front vent inside the bell housing just behind the torque converter. That's where the 32RH vent is, just above its input shaft.
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100% with Jerry. The flush that motokeen came up with is very, very smart. That was as good (if not better) than what he would get at a shop.
Some transmissions in European cars have a drain plug in the torque converter. Why can't we have that? And drain plugs in the trans pan??
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No modern shop use a "Flush" machine anymore because they work by using a external pump to flush out the old fluid & that was creating to much pressure. Debris would break up and mess the transmission up. After they figured out what was going on they came out with EXCHANGE Machines that uses the transmissions own pump to pump out the old fluid while drawing the new fluid in at its normal pressure. If anyone takes a vehicle into a shop to have new fluid in you want to make completely sure they are doing a Exchange with a Exchange Machine not a Flush. Or there is the old school Splash & Fill that only gets rid of a few quarts.
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I noticed I had pink trans fluid today after I drove to work. I am going to go home and change the fluid and filter. I will put some lucas trans fix in too. I hope I didn't ruin my trans. What do you guys think? It still works right now. I have about a 7 mile drive on the way home. Will it be ok?
I wish I would have seen this post about three weeks ago. I took my 1997 TJ swimming in a large mud hole after installing new gears. I thought everything was fine but I managed to get plenty of water and muck in my trans and didn't notice until it was too late.$1500.00 later my TJ's back up and running.

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