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Has anyone had their trans side cover rust through? Mine was getting real bad, so what better way to start the new year than scrapping and painting the cover! Whatever Caltrans is using for ice melt in the Sierra is extremely corrosive. In scrapping the cover it appears that it is made of at least 2 layers of steal - one to go. I'll be keeping an eye on it, it may need replacing before the van hits 300K miles.
 

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Happened to mine. I replaced it.
 

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When it goes below 20 degF, the NY highway dept uses Calcium Chloride. It will burn skin also.
The double layer cover is called 'antiphon' to reduce noise. The valve covers and oil pan commonly use it.
http://www.antiphon.se/noise-reduction/antiphon_mpm_engelsk09_id340.pdf
It is best to replace it, you wouldn't want to damage a transaxle because of low fluid. It also makes a mess in the driveway.
 

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What is a good source for the cover? I don't know if Pick-n-Pull would allow pulling just the cover.
 

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It was approx $25 at the dealer. You will need RTV and 2 quarts of ATF+4 too.
 

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98gcawd said:
What is a good source for the cover? I don't know if Pick-n-Pull would allow pulling just the cover.
I've never had a problem around here like that. They've let me pull just about any random little thing I want.
 
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