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Angry Gushing Transmission Fluid - 5S-FE

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So today, when I left work my transmission starting shifting oddly. 1-2 shift came very late and when I let off the gas, it hit hard. 2-3 was softer, but when I would accelerate it would sometimes kick out of gear.

Now I've never changed the fluid since I had the car, so I figured a couple spill n' fills should do the trick. Picked up some Type 3 ATF, a 10mm Hex Bit and went to work. First drain was pretty dirty but it didn't smell burnt. Drained a little over 2 quarts. Filled per the spec 2.6 Quarts, then ran it for about 10 minutes. Did it again, another spill, another fill, another 2.6 quarts. Mind you I did this while it was hot, but I'm hoping this doesn't change the fact of what happened next.

Went on a test drive around the block, on my way up the hill it sounded like I was pre-detonating, so I went easy. When I pulled into the driveway, I left a trail of ATF all the way up the hill. Parked on the ramps and shut it off. It was pouring fluid.

I'm wondering if I accidentally overfilled, and if so, blew the Converter shaft seal? Or maybe the fluid was so dirty, putting in clean ATF ate away what ever was holding the seal together? It was dripping from the converter cover so I have a strong suspicion that the seal is gone.

Any help / advice is welcome!

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It sounds like your transmission is in need of a rebuild regardless of the leak or not. If its leaking from the bellhousing its most likely the front pump seal that shit the bed. Id purchase a remanufactured transmission and call it a day

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lts detonation and not pre-detonating

Find the source of the leak. Drain plug loose? ATF cooler hose trashed? And, post some pictures.

It would take several thousand miles for the low detergent level of ATF to clean anything in a transmission. No way would new ATF do anything in a trip around the block. And, ATF doesn't eat anything.

Where did you find type-3 ATF? Post a picture of the type-3 ATF bottle.

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I agree with above, pics would be helpful. If I read your post right, at most you might have put in about 1 qt (or less) more than you drained, depending on what "little over 2 quarts" was. Don't know if that would blow a seal...?

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Right, what’s Type 3 ATF? You should be using ATF for Dexron III, or the likes of Walmart Supertech Mercon V, Dexron VI or Valvoline MaxLife ATF.

First establish the existing ATF level before changing, then measure the drained amount to add the same amount of new ATF back in.

Read the DIY section on ATF/filter changes too.
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I had gushing transmission fluid leak...

Check where it is coming from. In my case, it was coming from the driver side axle. It wasn't the axle seal, but a internal issue with the differential.

I know the fluid pump / torque converter has a seal but I don't think they would go bad to the point where it is gushing. I know transmissions has a breather valve on top. Maybe it was overfilled?

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