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Old 11-30-2022, 10:28 PM   #15
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I have a 99 ford chassis with the same problem. when i drove it home, I had to add several quarts of aft. it ran perfectly. but over several months most of the fluid leaked out the front tranny seal. Decided use the moho for an airbnb. only way to repair it is to drop the tranny. Not interested in doing that...

the ford chassis is known for leaky intake manifold gasket, frozen fuel pumps and front main tranny seals. coach has only 75k miles...
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Old 11-30-2022, 11:43 PM   #16
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I won't bore everyone with ALL the details, but we once had a Chrysler minivan that developed a problem with the all-wheel drive transfer case due to a tire mismatch issue. It didn't leak but it overheated on an overnight trip out of town. Thankfully it didn't break down then, but it soon developed other symptoms and when I took it to the dealer, they told me it was toast and had to be replaced. After spending about $3k on a rebuilt transfer case, the mechanic warned us the transmission may have been affected by the heat from the transfer case. Sure enough about 2 months later the transmission literally ground to a halt and had to be replaced.

Short story: If your transmission got extremely hot, and major fluid leakage on top of that, your tranny is toast and it's only a matter of time before it crumps.
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The part that tells me (former transmission shop manager) that the trans is almost certainly toast is not the leak it is this:

"...added 4 quarts and it definitely helped regain some shifting and power to make it to my destination. It got so low and so hot I almost blew it up and completely lost any momentum going uphill"

It is possible that it is OK and a new torque converter and front seal may fix everything but very unlikely and a test drive topped up with oil and a pan inspection will reveal all. I would not hold out much hope. As someone said, clutch packs are likely burnt, and seals baked at a minimum. My experience was a long time ago and transmissions are much more reliable now but running them that low on oil for any length of time will still kill them.
You make a good point and I don't disagree but an inspection would be a place to start. At a minimum pull the pan and see what it looks like. That said replacing the converter or seal is going require transmission removal so it might be prudent to go through the trans while it's out. Fortunately in our case we caught it early before the fluid level dropped too far and trans operation was affected. OP may not be so lucky.
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