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Old 08 Dec 2014, 10:18 pm
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Originally Posted by Flash619 View Post
Thanks for the update Busted. Unfortunately I have tried that, and only one bolt barely moved, and I didn't dare go too forceful to risk snapping it or damaging the threads. After 12 hours it was confirmed that the gasket (RTV) is still leaking.

I have a new gasket and filter on order. So fingers crossed.
You should also pay attention to the bolts. See if any actually go through to the inside of the housing. I don't remember if any do. In that case you would need to seal the threads on those.

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Old 09 Dec 2014, 10:06 pm
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Also you might want to consider purchaseing a trans pan with drain plug. draining the fluid is so much easier and not as messey. ROCK AUTO has these pans and they are not exspensive, I have one on my 2006 and 2002 pt cruisers. anyway, hope you get the leak taken care of.
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Old 13 Dec 2014, 03:46 pm
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Hello all, just wanted to post an update.

Everything went well with the new gasket, although I did have the bolts in order as to length, accidentally kicking them across the shop floor made me loose track. The good news is that my guessing must have been good because there seems to be no leaks at all on any bolts. I also used some locktite blue on the threads on all of them to help prevent them from eventually wiggling loose.

I took some pictures of the install.

It took some work to get the pan off. I really don't understand how it was ever able to leak, but after practically cutting it off with an acetylene torch (joking) it finally budged free.

Filter removed, and all the black sludge/silicone removed from the edges.

The pan I leveled out the edging with a rotary sander to get it nice and smooth after using a putty knife to get off all of the old silicone. I used a very very light amount of locktite super glue to hold the gasket in place for mounting.

And thats basically the only pictures I've taken.

After about 6 hours, and three drives, no leaks thus far.

I torqued all the pan bolts only to 20 ft/lbs as to not damage the gasket.
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