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Old 10-19-2015, 07:23 PM   #1
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Getrag slipping bad all of a sudden...thoughts?

Hi everyone,

I bought my 02 svt with 113k. Prior to me getting it i think the clutch was replaced with a stock clutch at 90k.

I am at 140k on the money.
I have never done anything to the transmission. Decided to change the trans fluid about 300 miles ago. Drained fluid to find only about 0.2 quarts in there :(.

I did diligent research and decided i needed Royal Purple synchromax. I put 2 quarts in there. Now i am seeing massive clutch slipping in all gears. It grabs fine for easy driving, but if i even think about putting my foot down it just revs away without putting any power down.


1) i am now finding that RP synchromax is a big no-no for the getrag. Oopsies. Guess i didnt do enough research then.

2) is the fluid change related to the slipping?

If not, then:
3) what can cause the slipping? What do i do to test different symptoms? Expected costs?

I try my best to do all my work myself and have been successful thus far. Never done anything with a tranny but it is certainly doable.


Thanks for the help guys.


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Old 10-19-2015, 08:41 PM   #2
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Timing of it's starting to slip & the fluid change is suspicious when looking at how LITTLE old fluid was drained.

Look for fresh fluid leak from the bottom of the bell housing, that fresh fluid might be leaking onto the clutch from a bad seal. (2 qts. used, right?)
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Yea, i pulled out so little fluid that i imagine about 2 qts were missing originally. I then filled it with 2 qts.

I saw on another thread someone mentioned a possible link to a leaking tstat housing that would leak coolant onto the trans case and then through the "seal" onto the clutch
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Under the starter facing the trans there is a 1" black inspection plug. The plug is in a widow of the mid pan. Pull it out and see if you have oil spray. You will be looking at the backside of the flywheel.
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"Oil spray"

Do you mean while the car is running? Or should i just look for wet surfaces in there
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So lets assume the trans fluid is leaking onto the clutch. How do i stop that leak and what will need to be replaced?
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Not running, just checking for residue.
Oil on clutch can be coming from trans or engine.
If you find spray... trans is coming out.
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Ill be checking tomorrow then. Hopefully.
Fingers crossed!
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If I recall correctly the transmission is sealed from that area by the throwout bearing. Oil from the engine could be a bad rear seal or oil could be coming through the flywheel mounting bolts. Those bolts go all the way through. If you find residue of oil you could try to determine if its transmission or engine but regardless you're going to need to pull the transmission to repair
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Roger that.

I know my tstat housing leaks like crazy, could that be a culprit as well?
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