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Old 19 Oct 2021, 06:21 pm
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Default Rebuilding the 41TE

My '02 Limited now has nearly 203k on it, and while the transmission has been perfect since the rebuild at 120k, I've began to wonder if it'll ever fail. I have been playing with the idea of getting a used 41te at the local salvage yard and attempting a rebuild myself. I don't have much experience with transmissions, and I want to learn. I know the 41te is pretty complicated, although it still doesn't hold a candle to some modern transmissions. If I can successfully rebuild it, I'll fill it with ATF, plastic wrap it and mothball it in case I ever need to throw it in the car.

Is this a completely stupid waste of time that i'll never be able to figure out, or something doable? In theory, I'll have no timeline to finish the project.
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Old 19 Oct 2021, 07:15 pm
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Go for it !
Parts and repair manuals are readily available. You can work at it at your own pace and learn as you go. Sounds like a fun project... no pressure and can be accomplished as time and funds permit.
The biggest concern would be pulling it yourself at the JY... how to practically and safely horse it out of the vehicle.

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Old 19 Oct 2021, 07:20 pm
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Good luck with THAT project!
MY panel van is sitting on 135K on the original tranny, and doing fine.

I've been doing a lot of salvage yard saving lately.
But, "A man's got to know his limitations"!

But, there are some real deal wrenchers in this Forum that could probably help.

I've got a son who rebuilds Subaru; and races his.
"On the side" he specializes in fixing things for his friends that the dealers have given up on.
Once, when he lived with us years back, I opened the house door to the garage one Saturday to see an auto transmission, in parts, laying from one end of the garage to the other.
But HE did it! So, I know it can be done!
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Old 20 Oct 2021, 03:17 pm
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I say go for it!
There may be a few specialty tools needed to do the job more easily. It is most definitely a messy job!

I successfully rebuilt a GM turbo 400 trans and the amount of fluid that is hiding inside is amazing! While that is a relatively simple 3 speed longitudinal unit there are a lot of small parts inside!

Even of it's not a fully successful rebuild it should be a great learning experience!
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Old 20 Oct 2021, 09:32 pm
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i have a 2001 trans with 40k on it, in nj
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Old 20 Oct 2021, 10:02 pm
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Where parts? The wife has some family in NJ, and I dare say I can fit it in the back of the wagon.


I think I'm going to try to rebuild one, if for nothing other than to satisfy my own curiosity. I've always wanted to see the inner workings of a transmission in person, and who knows, maybe I could actually do it right!
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Old 20 Oct 2021, 11:24 pm
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If you do - YOU'RE HIRED!!!!
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