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Transmission seal f'd. Help!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by thesherv, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. Jul 27, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    I went mudding the other day, got stuck and messed up my truck pretty bad. (http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/230957-i-got-stuck-mud-yesterday-broke-my-taco.html) I took it to the dealer and they replaced the front seal for the crankshaft, fixed a pulley and replaced the belts since they had oil all over them.

    I picked it up and drove a little and it started leaking trans fluid took it back and they said it was from the dipstick and just a slow leak. I picked it up again and drove it some more and it was leaking like crazy. I just took it back and now they said it was the seal between the transmission and the torque converter. They gave me a quick estimate at about $1200 but he said there was a noise somewhere and could be a pump or something. He said that alone could be like $900. I'm afraid they're gonna take it apart and tell me I need a new torque converter or transmission or something.

    I'm pretty new to Tacomas and working on vehicles in general. To replace that seal or even a new torque converter how much work would that be for me to do? I'm just afraid they're gonna open it up and find more stuff and it comes out to $3000 or something. Anyone have any advice?
     
  2. Jul 27, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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    If you are new to working on vehicles, let the pros take care of it.
     
  3. Jul 28, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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    That's pretty random. Were you aggressively shifting from reverse to drive? Did you check the transmission dipstick? was the fluid milky? It doesn't look like you were over the transmission breather level but i could be wrong.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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    Also, get a picture of the leak point. You sure it's not just the pan leaking from the gasket?
     
  5. Jul 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM
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    Yea I was probably too aggressive with it trying to get out. I pulled the dipstick and it want milky and neither was the rest of the fluid leaking out the bottom.
    Toyota just called and said the front pump is bad and the transmission is making a weird noise and seems like its about to go. He said I'd be throwing money away if I did the front pump and not the trans. $3300 was what he said it would cost.
     
  6. Jul 28, 2012 at 5:58 PM
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    Craigslist.
     
  7. Jul 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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    kinda a drive but call this guy about your trans. (252) 522-1121 its Bobby Brinkleys transmission service in Kinston NC he does one hell of a job and is an auto genious, if you take your truck to him and end up breaking down ill tow you the rest of the way. itd just have to be a saturday or sunday, plus his price is fair,

    if your pump is bad go ahead and do a full rebuild, no telling what may have caused it to fail
     
  8. Jul 28, 2012 at 6:29 PM
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    Thanks for the recommendation/offer. unfortunately the truck is up in DE. I was at my parents house when it happened. I'm trying to figure out how/if to bring it down here. If like to be able to have it here but at the same time it's at a dealer that we use alot and trust.
     
  9. Jul 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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    You're saying craigslist as in get rid of it right? Thats definitely going through my head right now. Just depends how much is be able to get for it...
     
  10. Jul 28, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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    if you cover the diesel i can tow it down, stealerships are expensive ask around for reputable trans shops in the area
     
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    Wow thats a hell of an offer. Where are you located? I'm looking into some transmission shops around here and ill look into the one you recommended too.
     
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    greenville nc, what town in DE?
     
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    AAmco transmission on Philadelphia Pike in Claymont,DE did me good a few years ago.
     
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    Sad thing is the majority of that cost is the labor to drop the transmission. The actual parts aren't expensive at all.
     
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    Thanks I'll check them out. Ever heard anything about Benchmark Transmission right there in Newark? Thats right around the corner from the dealer and they got good reviews on google...
     
  17. Jul 29, 2012 at 9:28 AM
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    Yea true. It doesnt take long to jack the price up at $80 or 90/hour.
     
  18. Jul 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM
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    Never heard anything bad about it. You may want to revive the Delaware thread in North East Regionla section to get some more info on Trans shops in the area.

    If you've ever torn apart an automatic trans, you'll know why the labor cost is so high. In my opinion, well worth the money to give someone else that headache.
     
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