white "caulk" securing tranny pan?

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Old 06 Mar 2006, 10:54 am   #1 (permalink)
onehappymadman@yahoo.com
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Default white "caulk" securing tranny pan?

On the used '99 Camry I bought, there seems to be a white substance
(looks like caulk) that acts as a gasket for the transmission pan.

The dealership I bought the used Camry from said they had a mechanic do
a bunch of work to the car to prepare it for sale. I'm guessing the
mechanic didn't have the right gasket to put in the tranny pan, and
used some sort of putty.

The car's got about 66,600 miles on it, and I'm thinking of taking a
look at / replacing the tranny strainer, and of course putting a real
tranny pan gasket on. For now, though, there's no leaking on the
tranny, tranny shifts fine, and when I drained and refilled the tranny
ATF, the fluid didn't look all that unusual (a bit dark, but that's
it).

What is this white stuff most likely to be? And what would be the best
way to remove it? (Scrape with a box knife?)

Thanks

Mike

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Old 06 Mar 2006, 11:11 am   #2 (permalink)
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Just drain and fill the fluid more often, until it no longer looks
dark.
If you drain over night, more will come out.
If you have the right fluid level - checked hot after driving 10 miles,
measure the amount that drains out and you'll know exactly how much to
add.
The strainer is just a strainer. If you keep the fluid clean you
shouldn't have to change that strainer anymore than you would have to
pull the engine oil pan to replace the strainer for the engine oil
pickup tube.
If the transmission pan is not leaking, I would leave it alone.

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Old 06 Mar 2006, 11:24 am   #3 (permalink)
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Daniel wrote:
> Just drain and fill the fluid more often, until it no longer looks
> dark.
> If you drain over night, more will come out.
> If you have the right fluid level - checked hot after driving 10 miles,
> measure the amount that drains out and you'll know exactly how much to
> add.
> The strainer is just a strainer. If you keep the fluid clean you
> shouldn't have to change that strainer anymore than you would have to
> pull the engine oil pan to replace the strainer for the engine oil
> pickup tube.


There's a strainer there too ??? ??? ??? Next project... (just
kidding.) I thought that was what the oil filter was for...


> If the transmission pan is not leaking, I would leave it alone.


Ok, sounds like good advice. Maybe at 130k+ miles I'll replace the
strainer... then again, my '96 camry strainer looked clean as a whistle
when I replaced it at 130k.

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Old 06 Mar 2006, 12:47 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Strainer" ok call it that, its a Filter, and if it cloggs and they do,
you are going to have trouble. The white crap is something they should
not have used, gaskets come with a Trans Kit , So id guess the Filter is
old-not changed, clean the magnets also. But this job is best left to a
pro unless you have a lift, and have them return the oil Filter, or stay
there and watch.

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Old 11 Mar 2006, 12:06 am   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah, go with the Fram filter kit (I am not a fan for Fram oil filters,
BTW). It has a cork rubber gasket and a strainer for a couple dollars
more than the OEM gasket. Good kit. Your selling dealer should not have
used any caulking.

You should consider pulling the pan at least once now that you have
60K+ miles. Just to check for yourself, then you can decide how often
to change/clean. I'd every 15-20K miles.

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