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enlitnmnt28
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:41 am    Post subject: Transmission Leak Reply with quote

Sorry I didnt get time to search out to see if there was already a topic. I just signed up and am heading to work.


Ok so here is the problem. Im looking at a Vanagon GL 1990. Its in great shape other than a tranny leak. I havent seen the leak as I am about 5hrs from the van, but im interested in it.

Any ideas on this? I do know that it is supposedly not leaking where the trans meets up with the engine.

He said its leaking on the side of the tranny. (not very specific I know)

Now im fairly new to Vanagons. I used to own a 79 camper many years ago, but im starting to feel the itch for a vanagon.

I figured some of you fine people might be able to put some insight into this for me. I know its all fairly vague but any help as to ideas of what could be the problem would be AWESOME. Should I steer clear or is it worth a tackle?

Thanks in advance everyone
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is this a manual or automatic tranny? Sounds like a rear main seal, unless it's automatic trans fluid.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jmfoust wrote:
Is this a manual or automatic tranny? Sounds like a rear main seal, unless it's automatic trans fluid.



It is an automatic, sorry I should have stated that in the first post....



If its the rear main seal, how hard of a job is this to do on ones own?

Ive rebuilt a tranny on an old land rover. But ive never fooled with an automatic or VW tranny. Thanks
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All depends on what is leaking. Tranny fluid or motor oil. I do know that the automatics are a DIY rebuild with simple tools. Either way, pull the tranny, replace rear main seal on motor, and replace the front seal on the tranny. Drive away happy.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jmfoust wrote:
All depends on what is leaking. Tranny fluid or motor oil. I do know that the automatics are a DIY rebuild with simple tools. Either way, pull the tranny, replace rear main seal on motor, and replace the front seal on the tranny. Drive away happy.


Really? Automatics on a VW can be rebuilt easily with simple tools? Shocked
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2007 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a manual that's leaking out of where the drive flange for one of the CV shafts comes out of the trans. From perusing the Bentley it looks like it's a PITA to fix. I assume that auto's can leak from the same spot. It's not too bad though. I just slip a piece of cardboard under it in the driveway to keep it from marking it's territory.
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