So I had the oil changed. ( yes, i paid to have it done as I'm still only partially mobile due to foot surgery) The receipt noted small leak at tail shaft seal. I went on an extended ride last weekend, the car smoked at intersections and the trans acted funny. I put some fluid in and continued to drive. I made an appointment at a shop I trust to have the "SEAL" replaced.
Well I've read here before about the tail shaft housing bolts coming loose, all of them several turns before they could be snugged up. Both U joints had scoring and cracks. Filled the trans up it started to leak again.
Drop the tank, unbolt the rear, pull the drive shaft, remove exhaust, get new u joints get new gasket for tail shaft get new bushing and seal.
4 total hours on the lift plus 2 u joints one bushing one seal one gasket several new exhaust bolts 8 qts of merc V. Good buddy deal only $400.00 flat for everything.
OMFG!! The car never ran this good! Must have been an on going problem since I bought it last year, as I never drove the car new I had no bench mark for performance. I guess the drag on the joints and housing was robbing a bit of power to say the least, as well as never shifting correctly.
i'd rather go slow than not go at all
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