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Old 08-19-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Brecksville
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Transmission Swap

OK - novice question - please don't chuckle too hard:

My transmission is dumping fluid as of about 30 minutes ago. It looks like it is coming from the front seal.

I know it should re-build, as it was operating fine. I just noticed "smoke" behind me on the highway, and brought it back home to find fluid pouring out of it.

With that said, if it should come to a total rebuild, what is the average $ range I should expect to pay a pro shop in Ohio area?

If it is more than that, can I swap in a 5 speed without modification?

Any advice is greatly appreciated. I typically DIY, but transmissions are not in my wheel house at all.


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Old 08-30-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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I pulled the transmission with the transfer case attached. I didn't have to drop the exhaust. I had the help of a neighbor and a motorcycle jack (acting as the trans jack).

I removed the transfer case and took it to a reputable trans shop in town.

The shaft on the torque converter was broken off the pump. I had the trans pulled apart to check it. Everything inside (except for the seals) were fine. I have the seals replaced and a new torque converter.

The entire cost for the converter, seal replacement and cracking the trans open for a check cost $325.
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