i read on a prior topic about this leaking and mine did and i put silicone around it a couple years ago, well, it came loose when i detached the ext man from the block where the tube attaches.. i should have done it when it was open more, but,,

anyway,, can you just pull the tube out completely and use the silicone under the dirt cap. or does the trans pan have to come off, replace the o ring, then use the sealant on the dirt cap?

the old discussion was a bit unclear to me on that 

Sincerely

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Kim 
Go to help in the header —-Dip Stick 

Enjoy 

Just pull the dip stick and put a bead of silicone under the dirt shield.  There is a product out there that may be better. It is a black form a gasket liquid. Alot of shops use it, but the name escapes me right now.

Can the tube be pulled completely detached fron the transmission or does it need to have some of the end left in.  No springs or washers or non visible parts will come zinging out will they, if you completely remove the tube.  

Thanks

nothing at all.  the tube just goes in to the reservoir, no moving parts there.  
Just put a catch pan under it, because fluid will come out, and clean around the tube beforehand so that  no dirt falls in.

Thanks everyone

Just came across this, good read.  Avoid These Gasket Application Mistakes – Gluegun.com

Completely agree with #2:

Applying the Wrong Amount of Sealant or Gasket-Creator

Using too much sealant is as bad as using too little. Too much may clog other areas of the engine, while too little may mean an inefficient seal.

Often you can just use just a dab of sealant to hold a gasket in place and let the gasket do its job 

It will be a blessing when and if you need to disassemble that part in the future 

Enjoy 

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