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Transmission stopped working and a big puddle of tranny fluid

I have a 96 Ford Escort with 123,000 miles on it. This is the second transmission. Yesterday with no notice I lost transmission, while driving in morning traffic I lost all power and got it to the side of the road. I had it towed home, and we have noticed a big wet spot under the car. My husband looked under and checked the trans fluid and it is leaking and pretty empty.
Should we fix it, can it be fixed?

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Is it a Auto or a Manual if auto then check the breather pipe on the side of the box and you might find its the problem But its no good just filling it up as there must be a reason why its blowing out oil as it must be either driven like a racing driver or the pressure in g/box is to high and that could be the forward pump slipping bands.
If Manual then a oil seal is most likely the problem
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