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Unread 07-14-2014, 10:10 PM   #1
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Need to do a trans pan reseal, any tips?

The pan on my 98 V8 is leaking. I want to get that fixed that so I can park in my driveway haha. I thought I've read about people upgrading or switching to a different pan? It looks like I have the stock pan and some type of RTV was used to seal it but it didn't do a very good job. I thought I recalled coming across a thread saying there was a factory jeep gasket that worked well but maybe I'm mixed up. I would like to get this leak corrected even if it means spending a few extra bucks to do it right. Whats the best way to get this fixed?

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Unread 07-14-2014, 10:16 PM   #2
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Ive read some about getting a different, better pan. These ones are thin and I think tend to warp- especially when you drag em over a bunch of rocks and ****. I think a common problem is people over tightening the pan bolts. Itll smoosh out the gasket and loose the seal. Get a torque wrench
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Unread 07-15-2014, 08:22 AM   #3
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Whats the best way to get this fixed?
Get a new pan. Get the factory re-usable pan gasket. It's plastic with a rubber o-ring type sealing surface. Don't use any RTV or other stuff on it.
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Unread 07-15-2014, 09:23 AM   #4
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Get a new pan. Get the factory re-usable pan gasket. It's plastic with a rubber o-ring type sealing surface. Don't use any RTV or other stuff on it.
Awesome, thanks.
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I've had the same one for years and it's been on and off many times for other trans jobs and it still doesn't leak a drop. You could put a straight edge across your existing pan once it's off and see if it's deformed at the pan rails or not.
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I've had the same one for years and it's been on and off many times for other trans jobs and it still doesn't leak a drop. You could put a straight edge across your existing pan once it's off and see if it's deformed at the pan rails or not.
I ordered a new one anyways, mine has some dings in it. 20 bucks from Jeep for a new one. Hell the gasket almost costs more than the pan haha.
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Unread 07-15-2014, 11:42 AM   #7
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Yep, pan and the mopar gasket, torque is only like 13ft lbs on the bolts so don't over tighten.

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RTV around the bolt holes. That's where is usually leaks.
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Do yourself a favor and get a small torque wrench. Mine will go down to 14 but in the manual it says its only good down to 20 and they were right.
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Do yourself a favor and get a small torque wrench. Mine will go down to 14 but in the manual it says its only good down to 20 and they were right.
I have a 1/4" and 3/8" snap on torque wrenches
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Unread 07-16-2014, 06:30 AM   #11
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use a jack to hold the pan up so you can align the gasket better
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use a jack to hold the pan up so you can align the gasket better
After all these pan gasket replacements, I never once thought about that.... Good tip.
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use a jack to hold the pan up so you can align the gasket better
High tac is a good option as well. It'll keep the gasket in place while fitting the pan. Used it many times for different gaskets and has never let me down.
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If you use an ATP gasket, there are four tabs on the gasket. The hole near each tab is smaller and will hold a bolt and that keeps everything aligned for installation.
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