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Username Post: Why did my Powerglide just Puke?        (Topic#360382)
mr_mahoney 
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mr_mahoney
Loc: Indiana
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04-03-20 10:46 AM - Post#2790218    

Our "52 chevy has a 1953 powerglide in it that was rebuilt about 15 years ago and has ran great for many years. It was carried on a trailer in "Park" and strapped down for about an hour trip (each way) Upon arrival, there was trans fluid on the trailer bed floor. We checked fluid levels and added as needed. The car drove and shifted fine. It has been fine with no issues and no dripping since. Until the other day, it was backed out of the garage and parked. Upon leaving later, there was trans fluid on the ground. The garage floor was dry. Question: how can we determine if there is a need of repair or what seal or gasket may need replaced?

1952 Chevrolet Convertible


 


mr_mahoney 
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mr_mahoney
Loc: Indiana
Reg: 02-13-03
04-03-20 10:50 AM - Post#2790219    
    In response to mr_mahoney

Could this be a common thing form the torque converter draining down?
https://www.stovebolt.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads .php?ubb=showflat&Numb er=1068461

1952 Chevrolet Convertible


 
dsacton 
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Loc: Boulder, CO
Reg: 11-01-11
04-03-20 10:59 AM - Post#2790222    
    In response to mr_mahoney

We have called it "burping." Don't know the cause, but mine does it too.



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drtyler 
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drtyler
Loc: Georgia
Reg: 05-06-10
04-03-20 11:00 AM - Post#2790223    
    In response to mr_mahoney

That's what it sounds like to me. How long between parking and driving when you found a lot of fluid on the garage floor?



 
mr_mahoney 
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mr_mahoney
Loc: Indiana
Reg: 02-13-03
04-03-20 11:10 AM - Post#2790226    
    In response to drtyler

It had not been ran in awhile. Sounds like it just burped. My 80 yr old mom will be thrilled to know it's not broke. It is her car from youth and she has been anxious to ride in it again.

1952 Chevrolet Convertible


 
mr_mahoney 
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mr_mahoney
Loc: Indiana
Reg: 02-13-03
04-03-20 11:11 AM - Post#2790227    
    In response to mr_mahoney

Should I refill with Dextron III trans fluid?

1952 Chevrolet Convertible


 
drtyler 
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Loc: Georgia
Reg: 05-06-10
04-03-20 11:14 AM - Post#2790228    
    In response to mr_mahoney

Yes, Dexron III or the latest replacement Dexron VI is fine. I use both in '54 Powerglide and they work fine.



 
Keith_Knox 
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Age: 78
Loc: Napa, Ca USA
Reg: 04-02-00
04-03-20 11:30 AM - Post#2790231    
    In response to mr_mahoney

Here is a good thread on this. Gene Schneider is known as a VCCA expert on these cars. He does post here occasionally as Chev Gene. I am also going to make this a sticky.

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56sedandelivery 
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Age: 68
Loc: Everett, Wa.
Reg: 02-26-08
04-03-20 12:34 PM - Post#2790239    
    In response to Keith_Knox

This seems to be especially common with the Tri-Five, Powerglide cars. They say to run the transmission about one quart "low". There are one way valves that can be installed in the cooler lines that seem to have limited success. Others say wear and tear on the hard parts, that are getting harder to find replacements for, add to the "burping". Many classes in drag racing now require a "burp tank" connected to a transmissions vent, to keep trans fluid off the track; this might be another approach, though not a cure. I think it's something you just have to live with, and try to mitigate as much as possible. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
Dave in VA 
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04-03-20 12:56 PM - Post#2790240    
    In response to mr_mahoney

That's a very nice car

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hpva 
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04-03-20 03:39 PM - Post#2790253    
    In response to Dave in VA

  • Dave in VA Said:
That's a very nice car




I agree.



 
56sedandelivery 
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Age: 68
Loc: Everett, Wa.
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04-04-20 12:13 AM - Post#2790274    
    In response to hpva

Yes, very NICE car you have there. It reminds me a little of all the work and time "40grit" has put into his 53 Convertible. Same color (more or less), L-O-T-S of body and paint work, and a ton of time. Course his is rodded, while yours is stock. You both do fantastic work, just the same!
I am Butch/56sedandelivery.




 
rrausch 
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Reg: 04-07-03
04-04-20 06:35 AM - Post#2790279    
    In response to 56sedandelivery

Mahoney, what's the history of your beautiful car? I see your old pictures... did it come from your family?

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clyde hammer 
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04-05-20 03:15 PM - Post#2790395    
    In response to mr_mahoney

Mine does that also. Just something I live with and add fluid as needed. I've discovered if I run it a quart low it does help. I check the stick after I warm it up and add accordingly. Running it a quart low I don't lose much fluid as apposed to bringing it to the FULL mark.



 
wagonman100 
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Loc: Baltimore, MD
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04-08-20 06:41 PM - Post#2790685    
    In response to rrausch

He said it was his mothers car from her youth. I’m sure he’d be glad to expound on that. I’d like to hear about it myself.

Jay
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1972 Monte Carlo
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1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
UnclBob 
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04-09-20 03:34 PM - Post#2790765    
    In response to clyde hammer

A few years ago, Hemming Motor news ran an article explaining how to install a vent someplace on the power-glide. I loaned it to a friend who lost the issue. I am tempted to replace mine with a 700 R4, if I cannot find the venting article.



 
2blu52 
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04-09-20 08:05 PM - Post#2790776    
    In response to UnclBob

  • UnclBob Said:
A few years ago, Hemming Motor news ran an article explaining how to install a vent someplace on the power-glide. I loaned it to a friend who lost the issue. I am tempted to replace mine with a 700 R4, if I cannot find the venting article.


A friend purchased a 57 with thee part mentioned installed. It did not work but the installer put it in the wrong place, the new one stopped the problem.

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Keith_Knox 
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04-09-20 10:20 PM - Post#2790786    
    In response to mr_mahoney

Don't know if you looked at this.
https://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?t...


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1948 Chevy Fleetmaster Coupe Purchased 6/2010. Stock with rebuilt 52 216 installed May 1966.
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2019 Ford Ranger Lariat Super Crew


 


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