edxzxz Posted May 28, 2008 Report Share Posted May 28, 2008 I have a 1996 concours, and a few weeks ago I noticed it was leaving an oil spot under the front end of the car. I checked the oil / trans fluid regularly, and within about 3 weeks of the first signs of problems (oil spots on the pavement) the shifting was off, running up to high rpm's before dropping into the next gear. I took it to a friend who is an instructor at vo tech. He swapped out the oil cooler and lines, but when I got it back, it leaks trans fluid like a sieve. I have it at a local transmission shop, mechanic immediately told me (once I let him know it was a Northstar engine) that these cars are known to have problems with the transmission case cracking, and it can't be welded because it is aluminum. replacement / rebuild of trans estimated at $4,500. I have over 150k miles on it, and while I do like the car, and nothing else is wrong with it, I don't want to spend that kind of $ on transmission repairs. Unless I put a quart of trans fluid in every morning though, the shifting is terrible, and it is basically un driveable. My question is, has anyone had experience with the trans case cracking? If so, could it be fixed short of replacing and or rebuilding the trans? My vo tech buddy told me trans repairs were beyond his abilities, which is why I have it in the shop. I had been hoping it was a simple gasket or line replacement to solve the problem. I am still holding out hope the mechanic will call and tell me there was just a loose connection somewhere. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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