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Old 12-08-2003, 01:54 AM
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Leaking transmission fluid from the starter????????????

Hi, I have a problem and here it is............. I have tranny fluid coming from my starter. The truck is a chevy 1990 k2500 4x4 with a turbo 400 ( I think, truck doesn't have overdrive)............any suggestions what could be causing the leaks, something must be plugged or broken, I don't know anything about transmissions.........help

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Fluid could be coming from...

1/ Front trans seal. If leaking from here, it would run down the front of trans and exit near the starter. Trans has to be removed and seal replaced.

2/ The trans cooling lines run right near the starter. One of them may have a small hole and it is spraying at the starter. I think this is more likely than the seal. It is also easier to repair.
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That's what everybody is telling me poncho62, is removing the transmission from a 1990 chevy k2500 4x4 a pain in the butt or is it not to bad. Also how hard is it to replace the front gasket and do I need any special tools? Thankz .............
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Removing your trans is a big job. The transfer case has to come out, along with the 2 driveshafts. Transfer case is heavy, as is tranny. You must remove the tranny to change the front seal. It is where the torque converter slips into. If you don't have a good floor jack, or trans jack, don't try it yourself.

Are you sure its not your tranny cooling lines. Check that out 1st.
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like Poncho said. It is a major job to remove that trans to repair a front leak without the correct tools. It does seem more likely that, if there is fluid dripping from the starter, it is coming from the cooler lines. The only other way I can think of for fluid to get there is by being blown out of the fill tube or possibly from a convertor that is leaking out of a bad weld. Even then, it will usually only spray inside the bell housing/dust cover area.
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Hopefully it is a trans line, but I've seen engine oil and trans fluid drip out of a starter. The nose of the starter projects past the flywheel and makes a good scoop for picking up the mist thrown off the flywheel, and it then collects and runs down to the lowest point which is usually the bottom of the starter motor.

I also concur with the transfer case being a pain. All the weight is way off-center from where you can position the jack, and it's tough to keep it from sliding off. At least the '90 has an aluminum case with the chain, and is lighter than the early cast iron unit with the gears.
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