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Transmission tail shaft leak

This is a discussion on Transmission tail shaft leak within the Drivetrain forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; So after the motor swap i noticed that i have had a pretty constant leak from the trans tale shaft. ...

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    So after the motor swap i noticed that i have had a pretty constant leak from the trans tale shaft. the other day i got under the car and it looked like the drive shaft was out of the trans a little more than normal. is this possible? everything is mounted up in the same spot as before. Or could it just be that the seal is bad? i dont think i over filled it, but i will check again this weekend. I havent had much time to tinker with it but any help would be great. Thanks

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    m6 or a4? none the less..the torque arms mount on the tail shaft creating a lot of stress on it from any car that isnt stock..i woulldnt doubt a stress fracture on the tail shaft..especially with a 408 stroker

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    Quote Originally Posted by shady milkman View Post
    m6 or a4? none the less..the torque arms mount on the tail shaft creating a lot of stress on it from any car that isnt stock..i woulldnt doubt a stress fracture on the tail shaft..especially with a 408 stroker
    M6 with a tubular torque arm. let me guess i need a new tranny


    hey wait my car is stock. check my profile

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    M6 with a tubular torque arm. let me guess i need a new tranny


    hey wait my car is stock. check my profile
    Its probably just the tailshaft seal. I had to replace mine after I rebuild the trans. Go to Napa and pick one up, its easy to change. Just pry the old one out and insert the new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wesman View Post
    Its probably just the tailshaft seal. I had to replace mine after I rebuild the trans. Go to Napa and pick one up, its easy to change. Just pry the old one out and insert the new one.
    Ya im am def gunna try this first. Thanks

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    oh ya and my torque arm is attached to the cross member not the tranny

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    Replaced ours back in March -- actually had some fun trying to install the new seal. I do not have a seal driver and it kept popping back out as I tapped around the perimeter with a plastic hammer.

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    Had mine replaced under warranty. Didn't know I had a leak til I took mine to the dealer for a diff chatter. Had a pinion seal and tailshaft leak.


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    well i have been to every auto part store in the area and none of them have it. looks like im gunna have to go to the dealer

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    i just dont understand how its so hard to find

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    well i have been to every auto part store in the area and none of them have it. looks like im gunna have to go to the dealer
    Thats sad when the local chain stores don't carry a common seal

    Have a close look at the tailshaft bushing while you're in there too. If it's worn and letting the yoke move around more than it should, the seal can't do it's job well. Sometimes this even causes vibrations that people chase around with wheels, tires and even the driveshaft itself,,,lol.
    Alot of people have replaced the seal for a leak only to find it comes back a couple months down the road. Because the bushing is worn beyond spec.

    Just something to keep in mind.

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    Thank you sir. i will def check that out. im new to this whole transmission thing. kinda one of those things that scare me

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    my car is peachy as usual-thought I would let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    i just dont understand how its so hard to find
    Same here -- none of the ChinaParts stores had them in stock. I just went to our local transmission shop and he gave me one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    my car is peachy as usual-thought I would let you know.
    well when you start making real power maybe then your opinion will matter.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pajeff02 View Post
    Same here -- none of the ChinaParts stores had them in stock. I just went to our local transmission shop and he gave me one.
    Napa says they have them on the phone, but then when i go down there they say, oh well we have something like it but we have to order it, and its not the same???????

    To the dealer i go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Crash View Post
    Thank you sir. i will def check that out. im new to this whole transmission thing. kinda one of those things that scare me
    x2 good sir..i'll tear into a engine and be fine..but a transmission...get me the hell out of there !!! and call a pro..that is my philosophy on transmissions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firebirdjones View Post
    Thats sad when the local chain stores don't carry a common seal

    Have a close look at the tailshaft bushing while you're in there too. If it's worn and letting the yoke move around more than it should, the seal can't do it's job well. Sometimes this even causes vibrations that people chase around with wheels, tires and even the driveshaft itself,,,lol.
    Alot of people have replaced the seal for a leak only to find it comes back a couple months down the road. Because the bushing is worn beyond spec.

    Just something to keep in mind.
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    $61 and a few headaches later....... I got the part on order. And no they didn't use lube

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