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Re: [T3] torque converter

On 9 Dec 2002 at 7:02, Vlach, Joe -CKHS wrote:

> Okay, I tried to tackle an oil leak...thought it was the rear seal.  As I
> pulled the engine and tried to hold the torque converter in place and hold
> my mouth right something went wrong.  The torque converter came out.  My
> questions are, I am not sure how much oil the converter holds? It now
> appears the seal between the tranny and the torque converter may have been
> leaking, thus explaining the large amount of oil on the underside of the
> car.  I replaced the rear seal, but I am waiting to find a (pinion?) seal.
> Does anyone know where I should look for this tranny seal?  Also, one more
> question, the torque converter looks as though it has burrs on the surface
> where the converter would sit against the seal.  Should I replace the torque
> converter?

See your VW dealer for a new seal. The TC sealing surface will have to be 
almost perfect to work against the seal; a burr in the sealing area will eat up 
the seal right away. It might be possible to insert the seal more or less 
deeply to put it in a clean part of the sealing surface. I would try to polish 
it with oil and 600 grit sandpaper, but be careful to clean off all the 
abrasive before you put it back.

Was this a 69? If so, there were early TCs which should be replaced anyway. How 
many cooling fins are there around the edge? The later ones have more. I can 
get the number tonight.

As for the amount of ATF in there, don't worry about it now, just top up the 
ATF once everything is all back together. The TC will fill from the AT.
Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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