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2000 chevy metro leaks transmission fluid

I just baught a 2000 chevy metro and it leaks trany fluid. im trying to figure out where it is coming from and how to fix it.

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Yea! A Metro owner. Welcome. Well, you have such a big, burly wrap-around engine in there, it's gonna be hard to see the...lol, just kidding.
So, it's an automatic, I presume? There aren't that many places for them to leak, fortunately. The obvious places are the pan gasket for the bottom pan on the transmission/transaxle case, the two cooling lines coming out of the case and going to front of car to a fluid cooler either mounted in front of the radiator or in the radiator assembly itself, and the two drive axe seals. There is a hidden seal on the front mainshaft, but if it is leaking, fluid would come out on the lower plate between the transaxle and the rear of engine. The plate may be or have an inspection cover to remove, but the fluid would be dripping out the very bottom there and fluid would be present inside the inspection cover.
That should cover the main leak prone areas. Sometimes a dipstick tube's O-ring may fail and oil seeps out around the tube.
Good luck with the metro. Once you find the leak, it should be pretty apparent how to fix it. Installing driveaxle seals would be hardest, or most involved.

Posted on Jan 06, 2013

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    Marianne Friedrichs Feb 16, 2015

    Hello--What would the various cost of repair be on this problem? I am sooo sick and tired of going to a repair shop and getting ripped off. I am a woman and they must love it when they see me coming. I recently had the transmission serviced and flushed with no prior problems to my car. Now it is leaking pretty bad and I am so upset to take it to anyone because I will probably be overcharged. I do my best to research. Any ballpark answers for a hose to be replaced? Total replacement? or just the pump? would be appreciated..

  • montehammons Feb 18, 2015

    An external leak is often not a huge expense to repair, just replacing a seal or a gasket. When the transmission/transaxle has to be removed for any reason, that gets pretty expensive. A hose replacement is about a half hour labor rate- about $30, roughly. Good you do research, it will help you.

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