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My mechanic says the 2nd gear plates are damaged cuz you can use a pry bar and slightly move the CV axle about 1/8 inch while it is still connected to the tranny. All shifting is fine, but I'm leaking about half a quart of fluid every 1000 miles. Maybe a little more.

This doesnt sound or look right.

Why not just replace the tranny seal and see what happens. The CV has to have some play in it -right?

All this new to me. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
 

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There will be some play. Excessive play would have to be addressed (possibly the bronze bushing is worn).
It is spring-loaded into the transaxle and I don't see how anything could get damaged in the geartrain by prying out on the joint.
Replace the seal and bushing (if needed) and inspect the CV joint shaft where it contacts the seal for burrs or grooves.
The extension housing that the joint plugs into has a bronze bushing that may be worn and creating side-to-side slop.
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/PTQ7/32066/05292.oap?year=1999&make=Dodge&model=Stratus&vi=1354317&ck=Search_C0073_1354317_-1&pt=C0073&ppt=C0338
http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/PTQ7/12070/03236.oap?year=1999&make=Dodge&model=Stratus&vi=1354317&ck=Search_03236_1354317_-1&pt=03236&ppt=C0071
 

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Thanks.....that seems to make a whole lot more sense, considering the symptoms.
 
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