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Autotrans stop-leak? OT-but need opinion

Has anyone had any success with an ATF stop-leak conditioner of any kind? My wives Mazda MX-6 with only 55K on it has developed a small leak in the front seal(torque converter). The local garage wants $500.00 to remove trans and replace and forewarned that THAT particular trans runs around 3k to overhaul.

I would rather pay the 500 now than more later, but how little my wife drives the car, even the leak stopper says it may take 500 miles to see results(soften hardened seals).
That may be 2 months from now before i know.

Would a product such as this be worthwhile or should i just make an appointment with the trans shop now?

BTW, its leaking about an ounce every night. Does loose some as you drive as i can smell it burning on the tailpipe...

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Re: Autotrans stop-leak? OT-but need opinion

Boy that's a tough break! To start leaking that much with only 55k. What is the Mazda warranty? They probably do something like a 3/36 bumper to bumper, but I know some of the foreign makers are also doing extended powertrain coverage.

As to opinion on your options if warranty is not in the equation, I fear adding stop leak type products. I would especially fear doing this to a trans with so few miles and that is soooo expensive. And, since it is leaking a lot, will the stop leak even do the trick? I would check out some web sites of makers of this product and only use one from a know reputable company and if it costs more than the others, so be it. Beats paying $500 just to fix a leak. You can also go yell at the dealer you bought it from, maybe they will pity you and cut you a break on the fix.

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Re: Autotrans stop-leak? OT-but need opinion

The car is a 93` so its Waaaaaay outa warranty, we bought it from my mother w/30K on the odometer. Although this is a fast and fun car to drive , with the expensive repairs weve made on it with such low mileage, it will be my LAST mazda.

Goldeagle and prestone brands on the net claim no harm to the trans, just trans experts warn of the impending damage if she drives it low on fluid and it overheats...

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Re: Autotrans stop-leak? OT-but need opinion

Well that is a for sure. NEVER drive it low on fluid, so if she is like my wife and never watches these things you need to do something. I would go with the "cheap" fix if you feel comfortable with the maker of the stuff.

By the way, my one experience with a mazda was a rotary rx7 with 102k. I guess I was thinking it should be like a toyota, 102k would be nothing. We had it about 6 months before the motor died. No oil burning, no nothing, just flat out died.

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Re: Autotrans stop-leak? OT-but need opinion

I've used "trans X" and it worked great for me. When I rebuilt the transmission last summer it was clean and had little wear considering it had almost three hundred Thousand miles on it. It is a seal conditioner which has nothing to settle or build up deposits. I used it six or seven times in a eight year period, I waited till it was low enough and added it again. It lasts about a year and must evaporate off or break down. I would check to make sure it is compatable with electronic trans just to be safe. Again it worked for me. Good luck

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Verdicts in!!!!!!!

Well guys , i was about to try the seal conditioning fluid but when i extracted some fluid (to make room for the conditioner), I noticed the fluid was dark and NOT transparent so off to the local trans. specialist. He pulled the pan and inspected the filter which had a lot of metal and other fragments in it and since it still shifts fine, suggested NOW would be a good time to put a for-sale sign on the car!
I said wait, this thing only has 55K on it and has been babied, He says you should change your trans fluid every 30K miles and i pointed to the fact the manual says at 60K.
he laughed!!!!!!!![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]
So anyways, he says its only a matter of time before it blows.

So for all you guys out there with EXPLODING E40Ds or mazda automatics, change your fluid every 30K.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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