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Old 09-07-2013, 14:29   #1 (permalink)
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taurus 2007 transmission fluid leak

hi - I've had a trans leak for a while. It seems intermittent. Sometimes it doesn't seem to leak at all. It seems to be worse when it's hot. Sometimes there's a small puddle and sometimes not! Anyway, at 57K miles, I drained it, cleaned the pan and magnet and put on a new filter just in case that had anything to do with it. It didn't.

Today it was leaking so I took a look. The pan is not leaking. There is a sort of rubber gasket where the trans connects to the engine. It's all on the exterior and it looks like it's held on with 2 plastic screws. I can't figure out what is the purpose of this "gasket". It almost seems like the leak is coming from where one of the "screws" is connected. Seems unlikely to me, but I don't see fluid coming from above. I tried to take off the rubber gasket, but I didn't want to break it and un-screwing didn't work.

Anyway, I'm out of ideas. I'd appreciate any ideas that you have. I attached a picture.

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Re: taurus 2007 transmission fluid leak

The leak appears to be coming from between the engine and Trans. Have seen quite a few torque conv. seals leak only when hot.this is a good possibility that would require Trans removal to repair.


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Old 09-07-2013, 17:24   #3 (permalink)
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Re: taurus 2007 transmission fluid leak

Check the coolant level in the recovery tank. I had a 01 Taurus that would leak off and on and turned out I had a small leak in the coolant tank which ran the radiator low enough to overheat the transmission but not the engine. The fluid would come out of the transmission overflow tube toward the left side - rear of the engine compartment (under the master cylinder area) especially on long trips & hot days.
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Re: taurus 2007 transmission fluid leak

thx for the responses! - coolant is rock-solid, but interesting idea. I'm leaning toward a seal problem.

I don't have any experience with automatics. The trans shifts great, no problems. Is it possible that I could just have a new torque converter/seal installed. I'm wondering if it's worth it to just do that knowing that the trans must be removed, or do I go for a full rebuilt trans. I have no idea about the time involved. If you have ideas about what to expect, ball-park numbers, that'd be great. Thx again.
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Depending on the labor rate I would say about 7-800 in labor plus the seal and fluid. I would recommend a new torque converter while there for the reason of changed many for stripped out splines that drive the pump. It's a little new for that but still possible. As far as a rebuild I wouldn't personally. I own two Taurus's and both run original transmissions and still shift fine at 150k and 220k. If you decide for a rebuild I'd recommend a ford reman Trans. It would come with a great warranty.


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