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Old 08-09-2009, 12:17 PM
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Angry Transmission fluid spit up!

New to the forum but have been lurking for quite a while. Need some help with my 1995 Ranger, automatic, 3.0l that spits up tranny fluid after it gets warmed up. So far I have drained & flushed the coolant, replaced the thermostat and done alot of cleaning! Seems to only happen after the second or third time the engine is started with little or no time between engine starts. (Example running into the store or getting gas.) What then happens is smoke from the bottom of the truck. As close as I can tell the smoke is generated from fluid that seems to be coming from the vinity of where the dipstick tube goes into the transmission and then drips on the exhaust pipe. The fluid is topped up between each of these occurances and simply driving it any distance the shuting down, allowing to cool down to ambient, then driving again results in no problem. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! I had a similar issue many years ago with a GM product which was caused by a clogged vent but haven't found the tranny vent on my Ranger. Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:26 PM
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Have u checked the level of the fluid while it was warm to verify it not over filled?
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:49 PM
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Yes, I checked it warm and it was not over serviced. The most recent issue was yesterday and I made one short trip (About 7 miles, stop. return 7 miles) then stopped topped of to about half way in the cross hatched "warm" part of the dipstick then. About an later took off on a 3-4 stop trip of about 50 miles total and the truck started to smoke about 1/4 mile from home with fluid dripping on the road and no indication on the dipstick.
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Old 08-09-2009, 04:42 PM
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are you checking the fuild in the manner the book tells you too?
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Old 08-09-2009, 06:46 PM
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Yes, same procedure in the Chiltons and owner's manual. Some other issue than ATF fluid level.
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Old 08-10-2009, 08:09 PM
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This afternoon I wiped down the tranny fluid, serviced it and made sure the vent on the transmission was working. Took it off the ramps and drove it about 50 ft to park on the street and fluid was trailing it. So I pulled back up on the ramps and found that the only drops were coming from the bottom of the bell housing. Anyone heard of a torque converter leaking?
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Old 09-04-2009, 05:18 PM
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The problem is most likely caused by a leaking punp seal seal where the torque converter enters the pump in the front of the transmission. Unfortunately, you have to remove the transmission to change the seal
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Old 09-04-2009, 08:43 PM
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Thanks for the info, I believe that you are right. I just got back home and did put some Lucas Oils Tranny seal conditioner in and have not had an issue since. I still plan on replacing that seal but when it cools down a little here in AZ. Thanks!
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