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Hey Guys,

Last week I found out that my the six speed manual transmission on my 2007 Spyder GT has a severe fluid leak. The only way to repair it is to remove the transmission, open it up and replace a major seal. Additionally, my first gear synchro is in very bad shape. So, it sounds like it's time for a transmission rebuild. Ouch.

Today, I had a chat with a highly recommended transmission specialist and I was kind of taken aback. The transmission guy's daughter also has a similar Eclipse with manual transmission issues. Apparently, he is unable to buy all of the required parts to do a proper rebuild. Supposedly, they don't manufacture everything that you would need anymore. The transmission guy was mad as hell about this and had no interest in working on my car. Sadly, they turned me away. Never had that happen before.

Considering that a used transmission is likely to have similar issues, they said that my only option was to purchase a brand new transmission from the dealer for about $5500.

WTF? Is my car essentially totaled?


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How many miles and when did you buy your car? There could be a chance it is still under the powertrain warranty. Mine is a 07/92k miles and being rebuilt+flywheel replaced under it.
 

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It turns out that I was the victim of a bad diagnosis. The main transmission seal wasn't actually leaking. Instead, it was the selector shaft seal on top of the transmission. Fluid was running down everywhere and it was difficult to see exactly what was really going on. This is a common leak that is documented in several other posts.

To fix it, you need to buy a $16 rubber O-Ring from Mitsubishi. It can be installed from above, after removing the airbox. You definitely don't need to split the transmission for this fix.

I don't know the exact details of the repair, but I can say that my mechanic charged me one hour of labor for this one. So, it shouldn't be that difficult.

Interestingly, the new O-Ring also fixed a gear grind problem that I had when shifting from first to second.

I hope this helps someone!


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It turns out that I was the victim of a bad diagnosis. The main transmission seal wasn't actually leaking. Instead, it was the selector shaft seal on top of the transmission. Fluid was running down everywhere and it was difficult to see exactly what was really going on. This is a common leak that is documented in several other posts.

To fix it, you need to buy a $16 rubber O-Ring from Mitsubishi. It can be installed from above, after removing the airbox. You definitely don't need to split the transmission for this fix.

I don't know the exact details of the repair, but I can say that my mechanic charged me one hour of labor for this one. So, it shouldn't be that difficult.

Interestingly, the new O-Ring also fixed a gear grind problem that I had when shifting from first to second.

I hope this helps someone!


Tim
I know this is forever later, but I have the same leak. Do you happen to know the part number for the o-ring that was replaced?
 
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