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ATF leak above P/S rack

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Corksil, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Feb 27, 2011 at 11:29 AM
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    Hey I am workin on a 2001 Tacoma 4wd 3.4L v6.

    There is a pretty wicked automatic transmission fluid leak above the powersteering rack. It leaks a lot, and will leak out all the fluid if given long enough. once I had to put in like 3qts of fluid...

    Are there any common causes of failure up there? I need to figure out where it might be leaking from and fix it asap. the ATF destroyed my p/s rack bushing and it's eating away at the other ones.

    thanks TW!
     
  2. Feb 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    nothing common that I've heard of in that area. Sorry, cant really help anymore then that
     
  3. Feb 27, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    thanks for the reply.

    I can investigate further and take pictures after I install a new ATF filter and gasket.

    From what I saw, it was above and slightly ahead of the power-steering rack. And the fluid was red so it is ATF.

    bummmp
     
  4. Feb 27, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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    could it be a busted trans line?
     
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    the fluid i am seeing under the car all over the power steering rack is red. i looked in the p/s reservoir and the fluid in there is a light brown. the color tells me that it's ATF. I do not believe I am mistaken.

    I will look around at all the lines and connections affiliated with the transmission, and report back. The power steering rack is literally soaked in red fluid. the fluid on the ATF dipstick is red as well.

    the leak seems to come and go sometimes, othertimes it's a steady leak.

    any other ideas? thanks so much TW
     
  7. Feb 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM
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    getting there....
    post a pic if you can so we can get a good visual on the area you are talking about.
     
  8. Mar 5, 2011 at 6:32 AM
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    Clean up and then get someone to sit in truck while u inspect for leak.... Engine running..... Turn the wheels and have helper shift out of Park. E Brake on ( dont get run over) the leak shud show itself
     
  9. Mar 7, 2011 at 8:49 AM
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    alright, so I changed the drain pan gasket and the ATF filter on the bottom of the transmission. I pulled off a skid plate and I think I have a good idea where the leak is coming from. here are some photos before my diagnosis...

    as you can see, it's allllll wet down here.
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    leakage on p/s rack
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    bottom of the p/s rack
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    some leakage (mainly dirt) on the bellhousing of the tranny
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    axle and wet-est thing i see
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    this is the bottom of the thing i keep talking about below
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    this is the bottom of the thing i keep talking about below
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    wtf is it
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    this thing is suspect
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    more wetness on the p/s rack
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    i just changed this p/s bushing to polyurethane because it had melted into nothingness from the oil leak. that's the sway bar behind it btw.0
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    what's this thing, i suspect it to be the culprit
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    that's the axle in the foreground whats that really juicy thing below it...
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    up around oil pan, that's the drain plug
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    some minor valve cover leakage, how sever i dunno...
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    another shot
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    behind the valve cover by the firewall
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    another angle
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    any ideas guys? and what is that thing i kept pointing out. (9th picture)

    thanks so much!
     
  10. Mar 8, 2011 at 1:28 AM
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    bummmmmmp
     
  11. Mar 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM
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    aaaaanybody?
     
  12. Mar 12, 2011 at 9:24 PM
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    jesus fvck.... cmon guys. someone has to know what that thing is.

    i don't want to make a new thread to figure it out, BUT I WILL
     
  13. Mar 12, 2011 at 9:34 PM
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    Sorry I have no clue but with all those pics someone with a auto must be able to crawl under their truck and identify it.

    And how many miles do you have? that thing seems to be leaking all over the place!
     
  14. Mar 14, 2011 at 5:08 AM
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    Is that a threat ?? :D:D

    The part you speak of looks suspiciously like the power steering gear/housing that drops into the steering rack , but dude, it looks like you've had this leak for awhile, in any event you need to de grease & clean that shit up ASAP , alot easier to locate leaks this way. I don't think the part in question is your problem, You have valve cover leakage, you say you can't tell how severe it is...to this my answer is ALL LEAKS ARE SEVERE !! GET THAT SHIT CLEANED OFF !! So rubberized items (bushings, gaskets, etc;) stop dissolving.

    Another suggestion might be not to start ball busting us if you don't get an immediate response...

    ATF is VERY CORROSIVE, clean it up bro' !!!


    & why is your filler tube out ?? just curious

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