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Car shifting funny

The car is spraying trans. fluid out when im driving down the road. where are the lines so i can cut one and put rubber in there for a quick fix

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Well first off is the transmission shifting properly because when the transmission is overfilled it will blow the excess out and that is normal. If it is in fact a leak the lines are on the bottom of the car usually above the pan on the drivers side of the transmission. I hope that helps you out.

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