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chrisw71

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front transmission seal
« on: July 11, 2017, 20:54:23 »


The front transmission seal may be leaking on my 87 Diplomat.  I found a puddle under the car today.  If that's the case, can someone tell me how many hours labor it might be for a shop to fix it? I don't have the place/equipment to take on a job like that. I think the labor would be quite high. I've had the car for 11 years and its been a good car during that time but I may have to let her go.



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Re: front transmission seal
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2017, 11:50:22 »

Shop labor is around $65 to $80 an hour.  Parts would be cheap.  I would hazard a guess of four hours for a competent shop.

Are you absolutely sure it is coming out of the bell housing though?  A cooler house leak right at the fitting will run right under the bell.

If if is coming from the bell, aside from the seal the snout on the torque converter could be cracked.  I also had this happen to me.  New torque converter would be about $150.
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Re: front transmission seal
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 13:55:08 »

Mark! Clear your inbox! :D
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Re: front transmission seal
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 20:57:55 »

Mark! Clear your inbox! :D

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Re: front transmission seal
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 07:38:50 »

Mark! Clear your inbox! :D
Another dead Dip head returns to the scene. :whist: :p
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Re: front transmission seal
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2017, 14:30:33 »

And are you sure it's coming right at the bell housing area? Transmissing fluid likes to leak and travel a bit on the casing before it gets to a spot it starts dripping at.
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Re: front transmission seal
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 03:52:08 »

Thanks, everyone for the information. After checking things over today im not sure its the front seal after all. 2 pan bolts were loose in a corner and im thinking that may be the cause. I have a gasket and filter and will replace both tomorrow now that I have a place to work on the car without it being out on the street. I'll post an update when I've completed the work.  The price to have the seal done doesn't sound too bad, a decent used car runs thousands these days anyway.


Thanks,
Chris
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