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Old 05-18-2017, 05:51 AM
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It's the small victories, really.

Today, I pulled the e34 out of the garage, and for the first time since I bought it two years ago, there was not a puddle of ATF in its parking spot. I know! It's a miracle, right?

Anyway, last night I finally replaced the crappy AutoZone generic trans pan gasket with a real one by Meirsatz. I bought the previous gasket because I was in a rush and it was in stock. But what they sold me was a hard piece of rubber that was folded two times over to fit into the box. No surprise that it never held back the fluid. On the upside, I've become really fast at doing ATF refills on the floor of my garage.

Anyway, last night, I dropped the pan for the second time in a year, cleaned it out, cleaned all the bolts, put a little dab of blue thread locker on each bolt, and put a thin coat of gray sealant around the pan to compensate for a few spots that were not ruler-straight. I put the whole thing back together, topped it up with some Castrol Dexron ATF, and went for a 40 minute drive. Even went through a car wash at midnight to get that undercarriage wash!

Anyway, I'm not trying to brag here. I'm just sharing the utter joy of not finding a puddle under my car for once. I hope you guys can all find this much happiness in your projects.
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:10 AM
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Personally, I completely understand the joy. Still something I smile about from time to time since my engine rebuild. That's with regard to all them stink'n fluids. Congrats sir
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Old 05-18-2017, 06:22 AM
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Yeah, ever since I did the headgasket, I chuckle every time the engine starts up. My wife thinks I'm insane.
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