IVE GOT A 89 DAKOTA IVE LET SET FOR ALMOST 3 YEARS

  • Tiny
  • dean in tennessee
  • 1989 Dodge Dakota
  • 135,000 miles

Did all the prep work to the engine, runs great! Question is the transmission did leak off some fluid when it sat for so long, didnt leak none when it was being used, so will the trans seals lube back up in time now that im driving it? Fluid to perfect levels, nothing added but atf4 so hoping the seals will swell or what ever to stop the drips before I really take it out driving. Please help. Thanks.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012 AT 6:11 PM

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  • Tiny
  • caradiodoc
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I have an '80 Volare that has leaked from a shift lever seal since the day the car was new. It still leaks to this day but I have never had to add any fluid and it's still full.

A little seepage is normal and nothing to get too excited about. If it's going to start leaking worse, that isn't going to be due to driving it so go ahead and try it. Also, after three years you can assume some fluid drained out of the torque converter, (if you have an automatic), so the level in the pan would have gone way up, possibly high enough to reach a seal where the fluid doesn't normally reach. That can overload a seal that normally just has to keep vapors in and dirt out.

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Sunday, March 25th, 2012 AT 6:32 PM
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  • dean in tennessee
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Thanks a ton. I topped it off yesturday and drove it about 15 miles, parked on level ground and checked it this morning when I was having coffee. No leaks yet, hope what you said was all it was. Thanks for replying to my post. Dean.

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Monday, March 26th, 2012 AT 11:19 AM

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