1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse



April, 17, 2010 AT 2:24 PM

Transmission problem
1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 162000 miles

My '94 eclipse keeps blowing the auto transmission dipstick out.

History: Transmission (TM) was rebuilt 12,000 miles ago, new radiator. Bad rebuild, transmission failed @ 4,300 miles, they had to redo. The shop then cut the TM cooling lines loose from new radiator and jurry rigged a 6" x12" heat exchanger to the radiator. Ever since rebuild I find dip stick blown out, fluid spraying everywhere. This tells be internal pressure is building up.

On top of the TM is a tube that I believe is the vent pipe (rubber cap over flaired tube) but it apparently is completely clogged up. Put drops of alchol in tube, just sat there, level did not fall.

Is there an orfice or something? What are my options for resolving this problem.



5 Answers



April, 21, 2010 AT 10:32 AM

Hi Ken,

There is a breather plug at top of transmission and if ti is clogged, it would cause pressurte to build up. You need to clear the clogging. With dipstick removed, try some compressed air.



April, 22, 2010 AT 5:37 AM

Thanks for your reply.
I've tried blowing air through the vent tube, no luck. Tried carb cleaner in it thinking it would break up any type clog, no luck.

I'd like to know if this tube is supposed to be just a straight through tube vent or has a check valve or an orfice. I can't understand why it would be clogged unless the rebuild shop damaged the tube (bent it over) internally when they had it apart.

Anyone know where I can get a PDF file that would show the internals of the 1994 Mitsi. Eclipse GS 2.0 non turbo automatic transmission?

Thanks again,



April, 22, 2010 AT 9:32 AM

Sorry I am not able to get any diagrams for you as our database does not have it.

The vent is straight through but not down in a straight line. It more or less has some chambers, sort of maze like.

When compressed air is blown through the vent, does any come out of the dipstick?
What type of plug is used? It is a special type that can breathe when plugged over the vent.



April, 23, 2010 AT 5:35 AM

The " plug" I noted is actually a rubber cap that fits loose over a 1/4" X 3" tube flaired on the end, protruding from the top of the transmission.

I tried blowing air through the tube but nothing comes out the dip stick or either of the TM cooling line tubes. Carb Cleaner just stood in the tube. This is why I was wondering if there was a reverse check or something to prevent dust from being sucked into the TM.

Again, thanks for the reply.




April, 23, 2010 AT 8:15 AM

Guess the breather was accidentally sealed during the rebuilding process. You should get back to the persn who did it to get it checked/rectified.

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