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Old 05-14-2013, 10:59 AM
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T-400 vehicle towed while in gear :(

So about 5 years ago I bought what I thought was a recently rebuilt TH400 with about 5-10 miles on it. The guy I got it from gave me the packages of the rebuild and shift kit that he put into it (can not remember brand right now). Well I found out that the guy I got it from bailed on it because the original owner had towed the vehicle about 10 miles with the transmission in gear. They said you could barely keep your hand on the case it was so hot. I planned on pulling the pan and maybe pull the pump out and inspect the clutches but what should I be looking for besides burnt clutches. I do not know what gear it was in but it was not in neutral.

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The T-400 works on hydraulic pressure. Engine must be running and turning the converter of the T-400 trans for the trans oil to be circulating in the T-400 trans.

With the shifter out of park on the T-400 , the T-400 trans is in neutral no matter where shifter is placed with out the engine running to create fluid pressure.

There is no lubrication on the T-400 trans with out the engine running.

The T-400 will not be in ANY gear with no hydraulic pressure.

Look for burned frictions & bushings in this T-400
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