Saturday was a bad day.
The wife and I was returning home from a local cruise when ol Blue started reving up going down the interstate. Yep, something gave out on the old tranny. The underside of the car is soaked with tranny fluid along with the rear of the car. It lost it fast, by the time I got to the exit, there was no movement. Pulled the dipstick, empty.
I thought maybe one of the rubber hoses in the cooling lines gave out but I can't see anything wrong with them. Of course its hard to tell since its all wet. The front ones going to the rad. appear to be in tact and the front part of tranny is fairly dry. Can't figure where it would have leaked out so fast.
I'm sure its probably toast so guess I'll be looking for a rebuilder.
Tony is correct on using the correct hose. It will be a transmission cooler hose. Regular fuel line will soften up from the trans fluid, and the pressure pill push the hose off of the nipple. I have a very large and long trail of transmission fluid in front of my house, from the neighbors 57 Chevy truck.
If your in a pinch, it will get you down the road and back home, but always use whats recommended.
Well, after a little over 7quarts of ATF, I finally got it full. Took it out for a 10 mi. drive and all appears to be well. Still full and no leaks when I got back, shifted smooth and even kicked it into passing gear.
Oh a second note, not sure if I should name names but, Haggerty took good care of us on the emergency service. A flatbed picked us up on the interstate within an hour. Very happy with their response.
Thanks again all for your advice, suggestions, and support.
Title of this thread should be changed to Good Day in Cad-Ville! :-) Congrats on the easy fix.
Congratulations Tom! That's the simplest and cheapest fix you could have asked for. You really dodged a bullet, there, much as I did a while back. Losing gears and hearing scary trans noises always causes one to assume the worst, but these transmissions are tougher than we might think...and they do not like to run low on fluid. Luckily, it seems they pretty much just shut down before doing serious damage to themselves.
Don't fret the fluid reading. You'll probably need to add several quarts before you see it register. The system holds 10 quarts, and remember, since your car was running when you blew the line, you were not just leaking fluid but pumping it out. After dropping the pan and draining the torus, I think I had to add at least six quarts before it appeared on the dipstick.
Good luck going forward...and reverse!
Well, after a couple quarts of ATF, found a 1" split in one of the 4" rubber hoses on one of the cooling lines. Replaced both hoses at tranny and added a couple more quarts to get it to register on the dip stick.
To my amazement, she moved, both forward and reverse. Will replace both hoses going to rad. today and top the fluid off. I'm questioning the reading on the dipstick. After 5 qts. still reads at "add 1 pint" level on the dipstick at idle. Guess I'll keep adding a pint at a time till it registers full. Then a road test to see how it shifts.
So, I'm thankful for two things, that I had it towed home instead of to a shop - a rough storm rolled through Sat. night so it would have been sitting out, and for all the sage advice from all the fine folks on this site so ol Blue will travel another mile or three..
Guess I should have replaced them when I read Matthew's blog. How much pressure are the power steering hoses under? I'm questioning if they need replaced?? I've replaced about all the rubber mechanical stuff now except them.
Will post results of road test later.
I can vouch for what Matthew said - I had a similar experience with my '63 (a Jetaway). While out on the road I lost fluid because of a leak and also lost reverse and one of the forward gears. I assumed internal damage had resulted but once I changed the filter and pan gasket, the trans bounced right back. Hopefully the same thing happened to you, Tom, and all you need to repair is the leak.
Thanks all for your suggestions, Its worth a try, I'll throw some down its throat and see if I can determine the leak source an if I get any movement. It was working great before we lost the fluid
Will keep you all posted.
Thanks Tom B.
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