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Old 03-21-2014, 08:51 PM   #1
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HELP! Anyone with this same problem? (transmission)

So my car is a 2001 e46, with the ZF 5hp-19 transmission

Anyways, the car is spewing out transmission fluid from the bell housing after it gets all nice and warmed up. My friend and myself ripped the transmission out one day and replaced the input shaft seal (a crap shoot). I know it's not the input shaft seal now....... is there anyone here that can vouch for how likely the pump is to fail on these transmissions? I read somewhere once that it is common, but I can't find it anymore, and this car is driving me crazy. (repair shops here in honolulu want 4-5k!!!!!)

Anyone with a similar problem that can please point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. thank you very much in advance.
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Old 03-24-2014, 04:57 PM   #2
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When you pulled the seal did you look at what the seal rides? On higher mileage vehicles the shaft the seal ride on can get grooved so a new seal won't actually seal.
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