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Smoke coming off of tranny of 97 subaru outback

I have a 97 subaru outback and there is smoke that comes off of the tranny, like hot water steaming off of a hot stove. my guess is that it is coming from a spot behind where the axle goes into the tranny, but i cannot find what part that is (or a diagram that might have it!) to see if i can figure out what needs to get fixed. to find this spot im talking about, if you were to look into the engine from the differential side, and down the gap towards the dipstick so that you can see the boot and "behind" that the exhaust...if you looked onto the tranny there is a thing that looks like a cast metal spout coming out of the tranny. this metal "spout" has a longer top part that goes into the tranny and there is a short bottom part. anyways, this part has what im assuming is the differential fluid/ gear oil sitting in the top of this spout. this fluid i think is what is splattering onto the exhaust causing the smoke (there are also splatter marks on that part of the tranny). my question is what is this spout (it looks as though it would need a cap (maybe its supposed to have one??)) and what do you think this problem could be? there are no readings of my cars computer that has any transmission trouble codes. I have P0122,P302 and P0325, which ive already researched and priced out the necessary parts to fix with those codes.

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Maybe missing dip stick
you did not reference a trans dipstick

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