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I have a 350 turbo chevy trans in my 36 Ford. I am going nuts trying to stop trans leak. I've changed the manufactures gasket three times myself then bought an aluminum pan changed gasket again ...still leaked.

I finally took my car to AAMCO they changed gasket and it still leaked with aluminum pan. I then decided to let AAMCO try with manufactures gasket.....guess what , it still leaks.

I've tried cork gaskets and rubber gaskets. I've put a metal ruler on trans to make sure its true and its OK.

Any ideas?

Bob
 

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You either have a crack at the pan rail for the leak at the pan or it is not the pan leaking. Oil can leak from one location , then travel around the edges to drip off some place away from the actual leak
 
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I thought you would get more answers than this.

These transmissions have a habit of leaking if they sit unused for a while.

I would suggest that you wipe it off and take it for a short ride, then re-check to see if it's the gasket or some place else.

Good Luck !


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I went thru the same problem/. I also changed to alum pan and provided gasket. I torqued it properly. Do not over tighten. Next common leak is dipstick tube. Be sure you havre the correct tube for the tranny. It will take either an "O" ring or the top hat plastic type. Be sure your dipstick tube is supported and be sure it is in the correct position. This can be a tuff one to find as the kick down cable is near the dipstick hole and it can leak also.
The speedometer hookup is another culprit and on mine I finally figured out that the brand new driven gear was letting fluid past it. You can get a new bullet to with a new "O" ring for it.
And lastly on my tranny filling it to the full mark was to much fluid. I let it run a little lower and it is better.
All these places leaked on mine after a rebuild. I would go for a cruise and come back and crawl under and look to see where the leak was.
Plus of course I had to wipe everything off . , . Finally got them all.:welcome:
 

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Transmission Leak

Not the same. Mine just leaves a few drops on the garage floor and I thought I might not be torquing to the correct spec. Just want to know what the correct torque is for the TH 350 tranny pan bolts.
Rusty Duck
 

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I have a Ford C4 and have gone through the pain. Transmission pan gaskets - cork leaks!!! There are several different kinds of fiber gaskets plus at least one manufacturer that supplies a steel in rubber version Moroso 93102 - Moroso Transmission Pan Gaskets - Overview - SummitRacing.com and not inexpensive, but they work. Those pan bolts - if they are conventional bolts and washers without an integral washer( flange head * ) - they leak. I'm using them as well as sealing washers** at 12 lb ft of torque. These DO NOT leak. Then there are Lokar dipsticks - the ones with a single 'O' ring can leak a lot. The 'improved' double 'O' ring version will leak less - Lokar uses the wrong diameter 'O' ring, at least for my C4. Lokar will either repair or replace that single ring dipstick for the price of postage one way - they sent me a new one. I'm now using a locking Hughes dipstick which has a GM type seal that does not leak.

* Flange head - McMaster-Carr

** Sealing washers - McMaster-Carr

As far as pans - all pans are not the same - I went through 3 new stamped steel, including a NOS Ford and now have a Trick Flow aluminum version where the bolt holes wont bend out of shape at normal torque tightness - here's one for the TH350 Trick Flow Specialties Automatic Transmission Pans - TH350 Transmission Type - Search Results for transmission pans - SummitRacing.com

Did the leak stop? No but it went from a pretty good sized puddle in 3-4 weeks to a couple of spots and my guess is that I have a minor seal leak.

Did I say that I went through the pain with the pans????:pain::pain:

Dave W

PS: If this fails, there are bigger problems with that transmission - seals, cracks (tailshaft with a TH350 seems to be not uncommon')
 

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X2 on the retighten/retorque. 2-3 times is usually needed. Some Trans pan holes go into the fluid at the bracket mount area & sealant is needed on the threads.
Cork is best for stock Pans with raised bead flange.
Duraprene is also great, they're reusable.
 

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Try to avoid cork gaskets if at all possible. Most are synthetic cork and fluid will bleed through the material itself.

Maybe the problem is not the gasket at all. It could be a torque converter seal leaking, dipstick tube, or cooler line fitting. This can easily be assumed to be a pan gasket leak.
 
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