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1996 Impreza Brighton - 5-sp trans leak between engine and trans


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#51 rallynutdon

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:37 PM

IMHO, if you're mechanically inclined and careful, taking the trans apart and splitting the case to replace the input shaft and seal is not a big deal. Just be sure to not disturb the gears/shafts any more than necessary. When splitting the case, remove the passengers side (big rubber mallet on bell housing to knock it off after all bolts removed, look for hidden ones) leaving the drivers side lying on the workbench with all the inards in place. When putting the the halfs of the case back together, just be sure to place the top half on carefully that the front output shaft goes thru the seal straight and doesn't knock off the spring inside the lip causing another leak. I will be doing this job myself, again, this weekend.
BTW, Gloyale writeup referenced earlier is pretty good. He covered most of the gottchas. Just don't use too much sealant on the case or pieces can break off eventually and clog oil passages and cause problems (ask me how I know).

Edited by rallynutdon, 16 January 2013 - 01:46 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:54 PM

(ask me how I know).

how do you know?

#53 rallynutdon

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 03:18 PM

BTDT, no T shirt. And it was on the rally car STI gear set which got destroyed. BTW, Inwood, that's the exit I take to get to Summit Point.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 05:51 PM

Yup. Summit point is on the other side of I-81. I'm on the West side. Been to Summit many times. I used to do track days on my ZX-12 there. Love the place.

I'm going to pick my new (well, 55k miles) tranny up this Saturday. 2-hour drive but relatively low mileage for $500. Good price?

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:39 PM

$500 seems good if it has only 55k on it. Just got done tonight assembling my 96 5 speed, putting in a new input shaft seal and axle stub seals. Took 2 hours to remove trans. Around 3 hours to disassemble and clean up mating surfaces and 2 hours to re-assemble. Tomorrow I'll put it back in the car.

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:17 PM

$500 seems good if it has only 55k on it. Just got done tonight assembling my 96 5 speed, putting in a new input shaft seal and axle stub seals. Took 2 hours to remove trans. Around 3 hours to disassemble and clean up mating surfaces and 2 hours to re-assemble. Tomorrow I'll put it back in the car.


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#57 rallynutdon

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:03 PM

Nope.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:51 PM

Almost back together. Just have the shifter unit, front axles, exhaust, and replace the fluid in the unit. Can't wait.

What kind and how much fluid? Is there a site hole to fill up to?

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:35 PM

75 - 90 weight gear oil. Should take 3.25 to 3.5 quarts. Fill thru dip stick hole with funnel and use dip stick to know when full.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 08:40 AM

Thank you all for your help so far. All I have left is the exhaust and a few hoses on the motor. I feel as though I could have the tranny out in 2 hours next time.

I don't believe it's necessesary to pull the shifter stuff apart in the cabin, is it? Simply taking the the linkage off the rod on the trans is enough. right?

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 09:04 AM

that sounds right to me, though it's been awhile since i did a manual trans.

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Posted 28 January 2013 - 05:44 PM

Done! Had to adjust the clutch after the initial test, but ok now. Drives like it has 55k on it! At least it shifts like it.

Thank you everyone!

No extra parts! :)

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 08:03 PM

Drove it to work today. Everything is great after 100 miles...

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 04:54 PM

Ok, over 1000 miles and still good.  I'll stop posting now. :)



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Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:39 PM

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