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Old 03-09-2013, 09:40 PM
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So i just drove my dodge ram home. it is a 1999 2500 5.9L. I noticed there is a small leak in the tranny. very small. looks like a seal. how hard is this to replace, and about how long does it take?
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Well that depends, where is the leak coming from?

If it's just the pan, easy and cheap fix. Go to advanced auto pickup a filter and gasket kit of a 46RH (fits the 46-48RH/RE). Then just follow the instructions that come with the kit, only costs 5 bucks...

If it is a leak coming from the torque converter access compartment, then it can get expensive, hard for the average bear, and time consuming. You could have a leaky pump seal, torque converter seal, gasket, the torque converter itself could be leaking (unlikely)...

If it is a leak between the bell housing and the extension housing, again something that will require time and some kill and patience. It isn't expensive, that gasket only cost about 85 cents... But you have to remove allot of components and when removing the extension housing you have to be careful that you not only nick the intermediate shaft but more importantly that you do not allow the planetary gears inside of that extension housing go out of alignment, otherwise if they do you will have to rebuild the extension housing to re-align them. There is a dummy shaft you can purchase to keep things align, called an alignment tool. However, most builders will just use a old scrap intermediate shaft as an alignment tool. It is cheaper...

Lastly, if it is the slip yoke seal that is leaking. This is a cheap repair, about 3.75 for the seal from autozone... But remove of the old seal can be a pain in the butt. There is a special tool that is used to remove this seal however I haven't been able to find it and I rebuild these transmissions... I have came up with methods though and some tooling that makes it pretty straight forward.

I am pretty sure that the leak you are having is just the pan though... Just you have to be more specific because you can get leaks from anywhere.

Anyways, good luck.
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