So this is what im working on:
93 bronco, 5.8l, E4OD, 8" lift, 37x12.50x17's, 4.10 gears in rear
Already i have swapped out to a larger radiator for cooling, bronco is equipped with aux tranny cooler (stock)
So i was rocking 80 mph for about 100 miles to drop my daughter of to her mother for christmas. I pulled off the freeway and the gas station was just right there. When i came to a stop to turn left into the gas station i noticed a cloud pass me by....instantly i knew this was me...im not dumb...I pulled into a parking spot, left it running while i unbuckled my daughter. When i turned around to help the kid out of the bronco it was smoking big time under the hood. This is not my first bout with smoking an E4OD. I noticed the pungent smell of burning oil. hopped out with kid in hand and poked head under bronco and noticed it pissing fluid out from behind the inspection cover. I ran my daughter across the parking lot like a running back going for the goal, made the hand off and raced back to the truck to immediately shut it down. it pissed i would guess about 2 quarts of atf. It had just happened as there was very little to no fluid on the underside of the bronco so my assumption was it had happened probably within the last 5 minutes of driving. I had the bronco towed home. i topped off the fluid just to be safe for loading and unloading of it on the trailer and to be able to manuever it around so i could get it in my shop. So my knowledge tells me the transmission got hot and over heated because the obvious lack of a proper aux tranny cooler and trying to push those meats with less than sufficient gearing.
So my question is this. i drove it around my home like i normally would. no issues, engages into all gears, no slippage, no fluid draining. my knowledge tells me i need to drop transmission and replace faulty seal but it all hinges on what the tranny pan tells me when i drop it. question is do i risk it and just service the tranny? or drop it all together and have it gone through? The fluid was black that was coming out, but was not burnt....still is the case...dark red and not burnt. I was fixing on doing a tranny service during the holidays because the tranny pan was leaking anyway. not alot but after about 300 miles it would drip about 5 drops the size of quarters. i keep it very maintained...
What are your thoughts? im not a tranny guru but my past trucks have left me stranded on the freeway when the tranny just decided to stop. i dont want to risk that especially with my little one during the winter months. I have not pulled codes yet, but a check engine light never came on.