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Can Being Lowered Cause Transmission Seal to Fail?

Car is a 98 sunfire (manual transmission); shop says the seal could have failed due to the car being lowered (~1 Ė 1.5 inches on coilovers), saying it affects camber which somehow affects the transmission (Iím not clear on exactly how)? I want to know if itís possible or if it's highly unlikely.
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Being lowered only 1-1.5 inches really isn't that much...I mean, I don't think ff_drift_lol has even had issues, and his car is slammed.

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Being lowered only 1-1.5 inches really isn't that much...I mean, I don't think ff_drift_lol has even had issues, and his car is slammed.
Thatís kinda what I was thinking as well but it is a different body platform so I donít know how much difference that makes? I just donít see why the shop pegged being lowed the issue and not the age of the vehicle. How would they be connected? Just the fact that being lowered is harder on the car in general?
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Personally, I would attribute it more to age, how it was driven, and the condition of roads that would cause a transaxle seal to fail. We're talking axle seal, correct?

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Well, WI roads are pretty crappy….

I don’t really know what the seal is/called. All I know is it's leaking transmission fluid.
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But out of the axle housing? Or elsewhere?

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I dunno . When it gets fixed I'll let you know
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Haha, all right

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The only way I can see there being a connection is if the axles were very much out of their regular operating range and somehow put extra loading on the transmission case from especially harsh road conditions.

In this case however, the drop is nothing.. So they don't know what the fudgecake they are talking about......

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