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Old 03-21-2003, 05:08 AM
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Question Tranny shifter shaft seal leaking?????

How in the world do I change the shift shaft seal in my TH-400. I can't see getting a manual to change this dinky thing.
I already have the new one, just can't get the old one out, nothing to hook on to, and until now I have never seen this seal leak on any of my transmissions.
Just been lucky up until now- I guess.

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K&D Tools has a tool to do this. It's about $10. You remove the selector lever and screw this tool into the seal. The tool looks like a 1/2" deep wall socket. Then you turn the bolt that is in the end of the tool (sockket). The seal comes right out. The K&D tool even has a separate seal installer included.

K&D Tools are found at most good TRUE parts houses. Not the BlisterPack Chain stores.


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Thanks Deuce, I found one listed available at my parts place but they want $23 and change, I think I will see if my tranny guy will loan me onw for a little while.
I can't see spending this much on a part that cost my 94 cents.
Thanks again anyhow.
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I just guessed at the price of $10.

WOW......$23

I have had mine since the sixties and it was only a dollar and a half or so back when I bought mine.

I have used it many times. Anytime I buy a used vechicle.....I always change the transmission filter, sometimes the rear seal and always the selector shaft seal. Turbo 350's seem to leak worse than Turbo 400's. At least for me....

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I use a drywall screw or two, about 1000 for $23.
Screw it in the seal and use some angled wire cutters to lever it out. Be sure no one has put two seals in there, seen that.
Put the new seal in, be real careful not to damage the lip trying to get it past the two flats on the shaft, then drive it in with a 1/2" or 9/16" deep socket (forgot which size).
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[quote]Originally posted by Jason:
<strong>I use a drywall screw or two,
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Thanks for the tip Jason,
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The SCREW-IT attitude has it's advantages.
I have done this type of removal before and it does work.
BUT drywall screws are delicately weak.
Galvanized sheet metal siding screws with the neoprene washer and flat underside surface work great, I have even used this type in my dent puller.
The dent puller screws are too soft to work good enough for my liking.
Thanks guys, I will try to SCREW-IT later today.
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