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Date:         Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:26:52 -0700
Reply-To:     Mark McCulley <markmcculley@GMAIL.COM>
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From:         Mark McCulley <markmcculley@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: replacing transmission selector shaft seal
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I checked the vent tube, it's not kinked or clogged. And the transmission is not overfilled, in fact the oil level is down about 10-12mm from the bottom of the fill hole. Next step is to replace the seal. And refresh the oil while I'm at it.


On Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 7:01 AM, Mark McCulley <> wrote:

> Thanks Dennis. I'll check the fluid level and vent tube. There's no reason > I can think of that the transmissions would overheat, still have the stock > 2.1L and don't pull a trailer. I did switch the type of oil I use a few > years back, 3 years ago I switched from Redline to Delvac and then a year > later I switched back to Redline when I installed a driveshaft decoupler. > Both oils are synthetic 75W90. The transmission has just under 200K total > miles, 80K since rebuild (I don't know if seal was replaced then or not). > > -Mark > > On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 7:08 PM, Dennis Haynes <> > wrote: > >> Yes this seal is easy to replace. However its leaking is usually a >> symptom of something else going on. There is also an insert-bushing behind >> it that may be cracked. Make sure the transmission is not overfilled and >> that the vent tube is not kinked or otherwise clogged. This seal never sees >> enough action that it should wear out. For it to go bad is a sign the >> transmission has been over heating. >> >> Dennis >> >> >> -----Original Message----- >> From: Vanagon Mailing List [] On Behalf >> Of Mark McCulley >> Sent: Monday, July 25, 2016 9:26 PM >> To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM >> Subject: replacing transmission selector shaft seal >> >> My '87 has transmission oil leaking from where the selector shaft enters >> the transmission case. Is it fairly straight forward to replace the seal >> with the transmission installed? This is a syncro if it makes a difference. >> I see van-cafe has a write-up here: >> >> >> , >> seems like it's not particularly difficult. >> >> Thanks, >> Mark >> Seattle, WA >> > >

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