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Old 07-26-2010
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Tranny Front Seal Blew need Opinions

So,

Should I get the Front seal kit and Bandaid the issue for a while, front seal kit is 30 bucks

Should I get a Reman'd tranny with 2 year warrenty to my doorstep for 700 dollars

Should I rebuild it at AAMCO for 1400 bucks

Or should I do a manual swap with a used tranny, new clutch and get flywheel resurfaced for around 1k or less?

I'm leaning towards the Reman with 2 year warrenty but what would you do?

If I just do the front seal, how long would it last In your opinions?
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if its just the tourqe converter seal leaking and nothing else is wrong with the tranny i would just fix the seal and save your money for other mods
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Well,

I'm looking at it while it's on the truck - so it appears to be coming from the front only, and it will dump all the fluid out, tranny will drive perfectly fine while it has fluid in it, just leaks it out Fast, so not 100 percent if it's just that, guess time to pull it and find out.

Worse that could be is i have to replace the tranny.... Which I'm thinking Ihave to do anyway.

Only 72k on it though.
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I'm not a fan of band-aid fixes but I would try the seal for 30 and see how it shifts after that. Even if you do end up needing a new tranny you are only out 30 dollars and a couple of hours.
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Sounds like a plan, talked it over with my woman last night and we came to the same conclusiong before I saw your post, I decided I'm going to switch to a M5OD so I will keep my trips in the truck to 30 miles or less after the Bandaid fix while I gather parts...

Will order the kit tonight, and pull the tranny this weekend hopefully - have my kids and a 4 day weekend os should be able to try switch it out if nothing else.
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Forget AAMCO, go to a local trans repair shop who knows what they're doing. Our 98 Ranger's transmission was rebuilt at 215k by them for $2,400 (by previous owner) and we bought it at 240k, reverse was always slipping slightly and gear shifts were rather hard sometimes. At 250k, reverse was basically gone and Drive was going out too. Changed the separator plate and there was tons of clutch material and metal in the pan, its driving ok now but I'll just stock up the parts for a M5OD swap. Stay away from the chain shops, they'll do a cheap rebuild with a smile, but it will probably only last till the warranty goes out. The rebuild was done years after Ford put out the new bonded separator plate and EPC blowoff valve TSB's, neither was installed and of course led to another blown trans.
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So tonight, FINALLY pulling hte tranny, going to pull the pan first and see how much metal is in there, then if needd change filter, pull it, replace front seal, and clean the vent then throw it back in place, Tired of looking so going to bandaid it and I'll probably put my forged 306 build in it so don't want to spend money on a built tranny that won't wokr wiht my v8 swap anyway, hoping I can bandaid it to work for a long time with the new cooler.
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So tonight, FINALLY pulling hte tranny, going to pull the pan first and see how much metal is in there, then if needd change filter, pull it, replace front seal, and clean the vent then throw it back in place, Tired of looking so going to bandaid it and I'll probably put my forged 306 build in it so don't want to spend money on a built tranny that won't wokr wiht my v8 swap anyway, hoping I can bandaid it to work for a long time with the new cooler.
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Pulled the pan, looked, hardly anythign in the bottom, took exhaust loose, and tranny mount, started on it and realized My Saints are on TV, stopped for hte night, it IS the front Pump Seal, and there was normal amount of metal in the tranny, wiht the New Cooler I added - RV cooler - and the pump seal I will run her and I think she will be fine, wish I wolud have done this a month ago, can't wait to get her driving, will be the 18th before I can get her legal exhaust wise though so if I can pull the ttranny all the way out, and do that seal and get her back in one day, I'll be all over it, but no days off in the near future:(
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