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1989 volvo not shifting into gear

Came back from vacation, start car, put into drive, car doesnt move,engine running.check trans fluid, its low,added a quart, put into gear, car shifts just fine.few hours later, under car i find pink liquid escaping,coming from tightly capped ''fluid expansion tank''. car runs fine rest of day,next morning same problem, not shifting. let car warm up a little, after while it starts shifting inexplicably, but ''coolant expansion tank overflowing out of cap all day.this continues for a couple weeks but now adding transm fluid doesnt help it change gears, pink stuff still dripping, im totally annoyed. any ideas? there dont seem to be anyother leaks under car and it was running fine until the cold weather started to kick in.

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    brought car used with 130,000 miles 2 months ago. Had an oil leak which I used a stop leak from NAPA which appeared to solve the problem. Changed radiator 3 days ago. Car drove EXCELLENT for 24 hours. The next day the vehicle was very difficult to accelerate and straining. stop the car and added approximately 4 quarters of motor oil. Power returned immediately! no straining. Today added another quart of oil in the morning. In the afternoon when accelerating starting hearing a sound like a fan propeller when shifting from 2 to 3. ADDED another quart of oil at 3pm today in the afternoon. Car starting giving white smoke at times. at 4 pm power to drive is very low difficult to go above 40 mph without real strain and fan propeller sound from engine. How to approach and solve this problem? MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT AND NEED LOW COST TO SOLVE. THANK YOU.

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The only fluid expansion tank I know of is for the cooling system,and if that is the case you my have a leak in the transmission cooler that is built into the radiator.

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