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Metal Flakes in Trans Pan...how bad is it?

I decided that with the new truck, I should go ahead and change the transmission fluid and filter to check on the transmission. I wanted to see if there were any metal flakes or any other signs of wear and tear on the trans.

When I got the pan off and looked inside I saw the following:




How bad is it? Should I be concerned about the metal flakes in the pan? Does this mean that the transmission should not be rebuilt and that I should find another one to rebuild? Or can I just rebuild this one and be good to go again? If I can't rebuild this one, should I put in another 350TH or should I got with a 200R4/700R4?

Thanks for the help guys.

Josh

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UNLESS the trans in question was giving problems.......I would just put the pan back on, fill it with ATF and drive it.....
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Definately agree w/ Deuce, unless it was giving you problems, I wouldn't worry about it rly. A lot of production cars have magnets on the bottom of the pans and usually have a lot of shavings on it whenever they bring it in just for a new gasket/filter changeout. Anyway, you can put a magnet on your pan to catch the flakes and keep it down there instead of being pumped through your tranny.
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Thanks for the quick replies so far....

Thanks for the responses. I've put the pan back on, filled her up, driven it around, filled it up a little more....etc... you know how it goes.

It drives just fine, so I guess I'll wait until it starts giving me problems.

Should I be concerned if I decide to rebuild this one? What would be a clue that I would like to find a different trans to rebuild?
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Like you have all ready been advised...Just drive it, it is not uncommon to find some metal in the trans pan. Just run it and if you have problems later on down the road then re-build it.
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What makes a transmission un-rebuildable? Do the planetary gears wear out? What do you look for in a transmission to determine if it is worn beyond repair?

Keep the advice coming....

Nice looking car in the pic by your name...Someday I'll have something like that...Right now I just need to keep the 53 on the road and keep going with the restore...
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