oil leak at shift rod - tranny junction

Jim Green jeg1976 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 19 13:11:11 EDT 2001

--- Damien Gaboury <damien_gaboury at uqac.uquebec.ca>
> Hi all,
> I experiment a new problem on my 90S 1993, manula
> tranny. The transmission is leaking oil from the
> shift rod (manual 5 speeds). Now the car drops oil
> on the asphalt when it is parked for some time. I
> suppose that there is a seal somewhere at the
> junction between the tranny and the shift rod.
> However, I cannot find any interesting things about
> that in the ETKA nor in the Bentley. 
> Any tip will be appreciated, such as the cost of the
> repairs and what it involve.
> Regards
> Damien Gaboury, PhD
> Scientifique de recherche
> Consortium de Recherche en Exploration Minérale
> Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

I just repaired this seal on my car, if it is anything
like mine, pay somebody to do it!  The job looked easy
enough, just drop the exhaust, undo one bolt that
holds the linkage together, pull the seal out, and
re-assemble, right?  Ha!  I would rather do another
engine swap than try and get that seal out again. 
There is no room to get any leverage, and it is so
small that many seal pulling tools and picks don't
work well.  Not to mention the grease from the tranny
and my CV boot that failed last year.  I ended up
absolutly destroying the seal, luckily I was able to
keep the sealing surfaced scratch free.  The seal was
$2.50 at the dealer.  With the right tools and a lift,
it may only be a 1 hr job, on a type 89 car.  The B4
may be different.

Jim Green
'89 90tq 

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