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Old 02-19-2019, 10:51 AM
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Default Last November I wanted a Project

I decided to try to learn a bit about tin bashing so I bought a 2000 Dodge 4x4 which had been in an accident. Had a custom bumper which saved the grill and punched out the lights and damaged a bit of fenders.

I've been driving around the back roads with it just for fun, and one cold day in January as I was about 8 miles from home the trans went into neutral.
I ended up walking and checking each neighbor (none who were home) and finally someone came by and I borrowed a phone and called the wife for a tow.

It's been parked in the snowbank while I completed the quad power steering, and put a shiny new grill on my truck, and finally we got it into the shop.
My nephew was full of dire predictions, as he has worked on GM automatics, and was grumbling about clutch packs, etc. I told him that this is old school and has bands that most people forget to adjust or don't even know about.
So we dropped the pan and cleaned out the crap and I welded a drain plug into the Trans pan. New filter installed, checked the band settings and honestly they were not bad at all. So I put it back together and decided to flush it. I have a bit over 500 liters of electrical transformer oil, which I use for Hydraulic oil. It is a clear clean mineral oil. From Wiki:
Transformer oil or insulating oil is an oil that is stable at high temperatures and has excellent electrical insulating properties. It is used in oil-filled transformers, some types of high-voltage capacitors, fluorescent lamp ballasts, and some types of high-voltage switches and circuit breakers. Its functions are to insulate, suppress corona discharge and arcing, and to serve as a coolant.
I filled the trans with this oil and put it in gear and it wanted to go right now.
I put it in neutral so the oil would circulate and let it run for a while. Then put it through it's paces and checked all 4 gears and OD lockout.
All is perfect.
The oil seems clean still, and I will leave it alone until some parts come in. I want to replace the accumulator and spring, and the pressure transducer and pressure regulating solenoid. So I'll have the pan off for that.

Now I have to start beating on fenders with a hammer.
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