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Old 06-15-2007, 07:26 AM
lharvey16 lharvey16 is offline
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don't forget the sealant

The only thing I would add to that write up is use versachem megablack gasket sealer (loctite blue equivalent) on the transmission pan bolts. Unless you use all new bolts (which have an embedded sealant) to put the pan back on with, the bolts can, and do, back out causing slow leaks. I found this out the hard way by doing the servicing without and several weeks later developing the leak. Several of the bolts were loose. I took them out one by one and applied sealant. I let it set overnight and had no more problem.
(I did the fluid change before I had received the bentley manual. In the manual it states you should use new bolts or sealant.)
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