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Old 07-29-2012
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Best way to tighten trans pan

For the past 20k miles or so I've noticed every few thousand miles or so my trans pan drips a couple drops a day. Now when I go under and check it out i definately see where it's dripping from and it looks like the bolts that hold the pan on. Each time I go under I can get a good 1/4 or 1/2 turn on them tighter because they seem to loosen up. At 100k (20k miles ago) i had my trans serviced (flush/filter) at AAMCO and I am thinking that it's never been the same since, it's always oily/greasy and use t obe dry as a rock before.

I was thinking of taking each bolt out one by one, drying it off with a rag and putting them back in, would threadlocker be a good idea or is that ludicris..?! Obviously i dont want it to drip and i also dont really want to spend another $xxx to take it back somewhere where they can drop the pan, clean it completely and put it back up, but if that's the best thing to do I can.

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Pull pan, replace gasket, torque to spec.
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tightening the bolts more and using threadlocker won't solve anything. Do what cole said. oem is a cork gasket, they'll get old after a while. i just replaced mine about a month ago because i got stuck and had to do a fluid change at 60k anyways.
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The pan gasket has spacers in it, as you he-man tighten it they crush.

As posted above drop the pan and replace the gasket. Also use a torque wrench before you strip out the case.
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The stock gasket shouldnt be cork, it should be rubber with steel spacers in it. Replace with a good rubber gasket and like the others said use a torque wrench.
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OEM on my truck was cork with a metal base, same as the replacement one from the dealership.

you can kinda see it here
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OEM on my truck was cork with a metal base, same as the replacement one from the dealership.

you can kinda see it here
They must have changed that. Mine was a rubber gasket that is supposedly reusable, I never reuse them though.
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They must have changed that. Mine was a rubber gasket that is supposedly reusable, I never reuse them though.
yeah probably just like they changed the drivers side splash guard
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the OEM gaskets are cork with metal base like pedro stated
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