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So, I'm on vacation this week and decided to tackle some maintenance. Everything was successful, except for the tranny (it's an automatic). I got the transmission drained, mating surfaces cleaned, gasket cleaned and put her all back together. However, the pan leaks like a sieve along the entire back.

I've disassembled and reassembled twice now. Gasket is aligned perfectly, hand tightened all bolts to finger tight, and torqued to 89 in lbs in a criss-cross pattern. Son of a gun still leaks. I've read that the gasket is reusable, and by all accounts it's not ripped up. Anyone else have trouble doing this job?
 

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id just throw another one on. It might have been smashed down too tight from factory, or when it was last done.
 

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I may end up heading up to the dealer tomorrow. Paying $60 for a gasket is no bueno. I do have the neoprene gasket that came with the new filter, but I've read that those are junk.
 

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Yeah, magnet is cleaned and back in its home. I'm thinking I may need to bite the big one and drop for the new gasket. I'd had to have to go back in and pay for a new filter and new fluid to boot.
 

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I heard they dont come stock with a magnet. I really dont want to drop my pan to put one in.
 

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Can't say for certain, but mine has always had one as far as I can tell. Good thing, too. There was a decent amount of sludge/particulate on it this time around.
 

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After a little more Google time, I am beginning to think the pan bolt holes are dimpled from a previous tech over-torquing. In fact, I did notice that yesterday but assumed it was normal, to a degree. Seems a lot of people had the same issue and needed t lightly tap out the inversions. I will repost with an update for anyone who's interested.
 
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