Originally Posted by vptruman
so what exactly would I ask for at the dealer... a rubber gasket for the transmission fluid filter for a 1998 ssei?
I have a 98 LeSabre and have changed my trans several times due to the TCC lockup valve not working right.
I got a Purolator Trans filter from Pep Boys. Cheaper.
. It comes without a rubber gasket. You reuse the original on the trans.
I agree about not using the rubber or cork that comes with some filters for higher price--reuse the original. I have not had a leak on 93 or this 98 or the 03 I have now. Just retighten slowly and evenly around the pan when you replace. That lets the gasket seal up evenly around the whole pan. I tightened to the 20in/lbs or whatever the book says. That'* about 1-2 ft/lbs on a normal torque wrench. I just noted how much torque it took to loosen the originals and duplicated that when I retightened the final time.
Only problem may be removing the original seal between the filter and the trans body. I used a large screwdriver as a lever to pry the filter down and the to pry out the filter seal. Lube and install original with trans oil or petroleum jelly.