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Old October 28th, 2007, 02:18 AM   #1
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So I had my car towed on a tow dolly for about 45 miles and they went on the high way. they put the rear wheels on the ground and put the tranny in neutral and never removed the drive shaft. Is there a possibility that my AOD is trash? Could changing the fluid and the filter before i drive on it help? is there a way i can tell?
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ive heard that rule of thumb is to not go more than 50 miles... i would change the fluid tho. the only way your really gonna be able to tell without hookin up pressure gauges and what not is to just drive it
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well if i drop my pan and i find TONS of metal shavings i'm probably screwed. but how do i really know? How much shavings is too much?
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UUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHH THERE SHOULDNT BE ANY METAL SHAVINGS
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UUUUUUUUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHHH THERE SHOULDNT BE ANY METAL SHAVINGS
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Re: Towing a mustang


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So I had my car towed on a tow dolly for about 45 miles and they went on the high way. they put the rear wheels on the ground and put the tranny in neutral and never removed the drive shaft. Is there a possibility that my AOD is trash? Could changing the fluid and the filter before i drive on it help? is there a way i can tell?
There is no reason to remove the driveshaft. What would the difference be if you were driving it or having it towed? If they would have removed the driveshaft, transmission fluie would have poured out of the tailshaft. There are people that tow their vehicles 2000+ miles daily behind their motorhomes. Whoever told you that you need to remove the driveshaft is wrong.
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but you just put 50 miles on your car.....duude thats kinda funny
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Re: Towing a mustang


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So I had my car towed on a tow dolly for about 45 miles and they went on the high way. they put the rear wheels on the ground and put the tranny in neutral and never removed the drive shaft. Is there a possibility that my AOD is trash? Could changing the fluid and the filter before i drive on it help? is there a way i can tell?
There is no reason to remove the driveshaft. What would the difference be if you were driving it or having it towed? If they would have removed the driveshaft, transmission fluie would have poured out of the tailshaft. There are people that tow their vehicles 2000+ miles daily behind their motorhomes. Whoever told you that you need to remove the driveshaft is wrong.
im sure your AOD is fine. the problem with towing long distances (ie rule of thumb 50 miles) is that the internal parts of the AOD need lubrication when they are being rotated. when you are in tow, you are actually spinning the internals of the transmission which will start to cause rapid wear due to the lack of lubrication. there is no lubrication because the pump is located in the front of the transmission and is driven by the torque converter which is in turn driven by the flex-plate which is driven by the crank... thus, no engine rotation, no fluid being pumped through your transmission... in short that is why towing your vehicle without removing the driveshaft is very threatining to the life of your transmission. very similar to running your engine without an oil pump....
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why not just use a flatbed?
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Old October 29th, 2007, 01:24 AM   #10
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Thanks guys! I'm gonna change the fluid and the filter for good measure anyway though. It was towed already and i really had no choice in the matter, otherwise i would have gotten a flatbed
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Originally Posted by nba1341
why not just use a flatbed?
+1. anytime i have my car towed, i tell them to send a flatbed and nothing else...
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Your tow shouldnt of hurt anything..... your trans was probably hurt before the tow.... why didnt you just drive the car the 50 miles???
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Ok so I checked the transmission today and i found barely any trans fluid on the dipstick and the car will not go into gear. found there is a leak in the tail shaft seal and it probably leaked out all the fluid through that rear seal. has anyone ever had that happen to them? I plan on replacing the seal and the u joints on the drive shaft while i'm at it. is there anything else i should really look for or replace while i'm replacing the rear extension housing seal? also what is the difference between the booted and un-booted seal?

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Old November 6th, 2007, 12:19 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by fastford3388
well if i drop my pan and i find TONS of metal shavings i'm probably screwed. but how do i really know? How much shavings is too much?
yes, if you find metal shavings you will be screwed.








oh wait, i thought you said if you dropped your PANTS

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quit screwin around and dump the coin for a built aod, if you ran out of fluid youre screwed,trust me i went through 4 stock aods
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Old November 6th, 2007, 01:29 AM   #17
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Yeah the only thing keeping me from doing that is money, i'm a broke @$$ college student who eats ramen for dinner most nights. haha! ill get my degree and fix this bad boy up! performance everything after that!

anyone know the difference in the seals though? seriously?
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get a racing c4 for 1000 dollars?
then add an overdrive gear to it? then another?
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Originally Posted by nba1341
get a racing c4 for 1000 dollars?
then add an overdrive gear to it? then another?
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i beleive one of the seals just has some excess rubber around it so that any fluid that seeps by dosent get flung all over your undercarage... thats how it was for my manual trans tho
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