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Re: Automatic Trans Seals

> I noticed a small (few drops) of trans fluid under my 71 Fastback the other
> day.  The good news is that it looked and smelled like new, but I would like
> to get the leak fixed.  There was some discussion on the list a while back
> about rebuild kits for auto trans that were basically the seals.  Anyone have
> a kit they would like to sell or know a supplier for said kit?  LMK. Thanks.

People with ATs should know that their AT contains TWO(!) separate  
and distince fluids.  The AT itself runs on Dexron ATF (Automatic 
Transmission Fluid)  which is red in color and for which there is 
that extra dipstick at the front of the engine compartment.

The Final Drive (read: differential) runs in 80W-90 GL-5 gear oil,
which is typically light brown or golden in color and has a very
distinctive (strong!) smell.  The only way to check its level is to
remove the fill plug above and to the right of the right output
shaft flange with a 17mm allen wrench.  It should be filled to the
bottom of that hole.  There is also a drain plug on the bottom which
is worth draining every 50K miles or so just to inspect the fluid,
then refil with fresh GL-5.

A lot of these transmissions die because the final drive fluid gets 
low and the owners never notice it.

So where was your leak and what color was it.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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