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Manual Transmission gear oil leak

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by bernduffy, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Oct 18, 2011 at 9:50 AM
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    bernduffy

    bernduffy [OP] Member

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    Firstly: apologies for stupid questions...and even stupider behavior.
    Tired of hauling my pontoon fishing boat around on my car rooftop, I bought a 96 V6 ExCab with 175K miles for fishing and camping here in Oregon (Fisherman's Paradise). It checked out with my mechanic so I pulled the trigger and enjoyed 3K miles of camping & fishing bliss.
    One day about a month ago, I notice a spot of oil on the driveway, check oil, it looks a little low, top off. Continue to see oil, now at baseball size. Dipstick not reading lower, but I figure it's got to be oil engine oil. It felt, looked and smelled like engine oil and was coming from under engine. But the oil level was staying at full. I know: this is when I should have gone to a mechanic.
    Last week I'm shifting to 2nd uphill and there's reduced drive. I can't get over 15 mph at 3500 rpms. 3rd gear won't get me going beyond 25mph even on the flat. Yes, there was the smell of burning clutch. I pull over, call AAA and get towed home. I call a couple of mechanics who tell me clutch needs replacing. But then I remember the mysterious oil leak. I crawl under the transmission and find its all coated with oil. I then realize that my driveway is slightly slanted and the oil from transmission was flowing down to a misleading location. It was the trans oil I was seeing on driveway. So, what I'm wondering: is there any chance the trans leak can be repaired, gear oil replaced and clutch job avoided? I know this is wishful thinking. I also know I'm an idiot for not correctly diagnosing or at least having a mechanic diagnose the initial problem.
    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
  2. Oct 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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    whippersnapper02

    whippersnapper02 Well-Known Member

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    If the trans ran dry you will probably need it rebuilt or replaced. As for the clutch, if fluid got on the disc then it will have to be replaced.

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  3. Oct 18, 2011 at 11:02 AM
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    bernduffy

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    Thanks.... I'd say "Live and learn"...but I'm getting a little old for that...

    Anyway: I'm lovin' this truck. Wish I had made the move a long time ago.

    Best moment so far: Backing down a very steep gruesome boulder strewn hill to launch my boat onto a lake while a coupla dozen fellow fisherman, backed up and waiting for the boat ramp, stood watching. To add insult to injury, then caught a fat kokannee as I trolled out past the ramp.

    Yeah, baby: Eat my mud and surf my wake!

    Cheers,
    Bernie
    Oregon
     
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