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    Trans fluid every where

    My car stopped on me at a red light, when the light turned green it wouldn't go forward, or backwards, so I'm tripping wondering what the hell is going on with this freakin car. So I get out and see a big puddle of trans fluid on the ground in the front of the car. I call a tow truck to tow the car home. Next question is my transmission gone or are the lines broken? Car won't budge. I will investigate further Mon, it was pitch black Sun night. Sure not trying to hear it needs a trans right about now. As soon as I fix one thing, another thing goes wrong with this car. Thx for the replies.

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    A puddle "in front of the car" sounds like a cooler line to the radiator side tank, but only an inspection will tell.

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    Yeah but his car actually won't move now. I just replaced leaky cooler transmission lines (92 eldo) about two weeks ago, and the car would run but would rev high if the fluid was low. This situation sounds a lot like what happened to me when my differential housing cracked because the bolt that holds those gears in there broke in half and some of the gears broke and went on the ground in a BIG puddle of tranny fluid. I managed to get it home just easing it but it revved like hell.
    The reason this probably happened was too much stress on the tranny in park. I used to park it a lot at my job facing almost on a 45 degree slope head down in a driveway and never used the e brake cause it would stick. The incident happened one day when I backed it up and hit the brake a little hard and shifted it to drive.

    I could see a rusted tranny cable or something breaking from stress on your car but I think you would have to leak a whole lot of fluid to get the car to not move at all. I am not a tranny expert, I only speak from a similar experience at a stop sign, so if it is the differential you are lucky. A mechanic can just put a new one on. If it's internal then it needs to be looked at a little more in depth.

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    I used to park it a lot at my job facing almost on a 45 degree slope head down in a driveway and never used the e brake cause it would stick.
    NEVER use PARK to hold the car on that kind of a slope. It can torque lock in PARK and the only way you'll get it out of PARK is to get the weight off the transmission parking pawl (pushing it uphill).

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    I think all that happened as Ranger pointed out was one of the lines to the rad ruptured and pumped out fluid as the car was still in Drive. Repairing it and refilling again will bring things back, I will however point out that with new fluid in the car, it will soon do a good cleaning job and may cause problems later.

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    Quote Originally Posted by Caddyshack100 View Post
    I think all that happened as Ranger pointed out was one of the lines to the rad ruptured and pumped out fluid as the car was still in Drive. Repairing it and refilling again will bring things back, I will however point out that with new fluid in the car, it will soon do a good cleaning job and may cause problems later.

    Thx for the reply Caddyshack, but explain to me how new fluid will cause other problems later? Seems like it would be the opposite. Thx.

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    Did you happen to figure out what exactly has broken yet?

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    We've got about 5 inches of snow yesterday, so I haven't even looked at it yet. I will check it out in a couple of days, and let you know what I find.

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    Yeah same here today in NY state. Nasty weather. I didn't even drive to to work today. I'm not a Ford person, and I hate to say it but, 94 escort wagon FTW!

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    Depending on the mileage of the tranny and if it has not had any work done on it, varnish will build on the seals and make a barrier to keeping things together. When new fluid is put in, its got its full quantity of detergents and it will go to work on the varnish and dissolve it. In your case you have no choice but to put more in. Again it all depends on the mileage but if you were to ask around you would probably find that most reputable tranny shops do not recommend a fluid change on the 4T60E and others for the forgoing reason. Good luck and I hope things will work out for you.

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    PS, I should mention that 1 quart is not going to make a difference, but it sounds like you have pumped much more. PPS,,,14 inches of snow, thank God for a good Made in USA snowblower..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caddyshack100 View Post
    Depending on the mileage of the tranny and if it has not had any work done on it, varnish will build on the seals and make a barrier to keeping things together. When new fluid is put in, its got its full quantity of detergents and it will go to work on the varnish and dissolve it. In your case you have no choice but to put more in. Again it all depends on the mileage but if you were to ask around you would probably find that most reputable tranny shops do not recommend a fluid change on the 4T60E and others for the forgoing reason. Good luck and I hope things will work out for you.
    The car has 193,000 miles on it. As far as I know, no work has been done on the trans since I've owned it. And it has the 4.9 V8, if that matters. It was shifting fine, until the fluid loss. I just hope another tranny isn't in my future. As I said before, when this weather clears up, I'll investigate. until then it sits. Thx for the support.

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    Entire fluid loss and no damage?
    I doubt it...

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    Quote Originally Posted by Necrosan View Post
    Entire fluid loss and no damage?
    I doubt it...
    Gee..... Thx for your optimism.

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    Re: Trans fluid every where

    Didn't mean to wreck your day, I've just played the transmission game before, and it certainly isn't a fun one to lose at.

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