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 Old 01-07-2019, 06:35 PM   #1
 
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Default Transmission fluid from breather??

While dropping of my wife at home, I noticed a spot in the driveway where I park my car. It was fresh enough to feel it and it was slick like oil but to the left hand side. I thought that I might have an oil pan or rear main seal leaking. When I got home from work I pulled the car in the garage and popped the hood and very quickly saw the most likely source of my puddle. The pockets around the manual transmission breather were full of fluid!

I didn't log when I changed the transmission fluid, but it was probably at about 50k miles and I've got 94k miles on it now and was planning on changing it at 100k. Looking at one thread in the forums, some people are changing every 30k.

Would fluid break down cause fluid expansion to the point that it will come out the breather vent, or do I perhaps have a different problem?
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Do a search for pivot shaft seal. Pretty common problem
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Do a search for pivot shaft seal. Pretty common problem
Thank you Amnesiac.
I put a short shift plate in place about 10k miles ago. Could that contribute to the seal going bad? Or was it just its time to die?
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The seals just fail. I'd recommend a new pivot bearing as well while you're in there. I just did it on mine, not a hard job at all.
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How-to: MS3 Pivot Shaft Seal, Bearing, Breather Replacement

incase you cant find it.
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Yeah do the seal, bearing and breather. Easy peasy, I did mine in less than an hour.
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When I did mine, I only replaced the seal.
But hindsight, I should have replaced the bearing too while it's all apart.
It hasn't started to leak yet, but it only seems logical that a worn bearing will prematurely wear out a new seal.
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Thank you everyone, I really appreciate the info. Local dealer had the seal but not the bearing, so that is on order and will be in on Friday. I did go over the How-To and the whole process looks easier than doing the HPFP swap, so I'm not too worried. And hearing that others have done it in less than an hour has me less worried. Gonna just change the fluid and might as well do an oil change while I'm at it. I have wanted to put the oil catch can back on, so I might just make an afternoon of car maintenance.
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