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Brown fluid leak

I noticed as I was driving ~ it was not changing gears as it should . It's an automatic~ I thought it was in neutral but it wasn't . I got home & then noticed a brown fluid leak under my jeep in garage. It's not leaking now but I'm concerned. Is it just antifreeze or is it transmission fluid ? How do I know?

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Dirty transmission fluid sounds like you have a rusted line

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    Why U Say Rusted Line? How Do I Tell What Kind Of Fluid It Is ?

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    How Is It Fixable & How Do I Know If My Transmission Is Going Out? It's One~Owner 120000 & I've changed oil & kept it in immaculate condition.

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