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Old 04-25-2010, 12:02 PM   #1
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I purchased this truck a few weeks ago. I've been under the truck a few times and have never noticed a transmission leak.
Last week I took it to a shop and over the phone opted to pull the truck out.
Just now, I noticed a transmission leak on my driveway and when I got under the truck I noticed what look like the transmission hole with no plug.
It's a 1996 f150 and I'm not sure. What is this?
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I purchased this truck a few weeks ago. I've been under the truck a few times and have never noticed a transmission leak.
Last week I took it to a shop and over the phone opted to pull the truck out.
Just now, I noticed a transmission leak on my driveway and when I got under the truck I noticed what look like the transmission hole with no plug.
It's a 1996 f150 and I'm not sure. What is this?
Thanks.
That appears to be the bell housing.
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if thats where ur leaks coming from it either a torque converter leaking or the in put seal of the tranny
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run the truck and watch under it and see where it is leaking from...is it at that hole or from the pan?

if it is from that hole....

let the truck cool off and looking in that hole role the truck over by hand (socket on the balancer bolt clockwise) until the converter drain plug is visible...

check to make sure it is fairly tight...not overly tight but more than snug plus a tiny bit more...

some one may have loosened it a half turn hoping to sell you a tranny seal and then charge you that amount and only tighten the plug they loosened....happens all the time...either that or the ABS sensor thing...

check the pan bolts if it is dripping of the pan..those are snug only...
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That's just an inspection hole. There doesn't need to be a plug there.
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:18 PM   #6
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Thanks. Good to know.

I still have a very light transmission leak. When I was looking for a truck like mine, most of them did too.. this one had no indication of a leak and the owner said in fact it had no leak.

What's the most likely cause for this? I plan to clean it up good and try and look for it, but I know that's often very difficult to find.

If Its a seal, what can I expect a shop to charge to fix that?

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