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Transmission fluid is leaking from the front of the transaxel above the pan. I know the pan is not leaking. I reached as far as I can and could not feel any fluid from the hose connection. It only leaks when the engine is running.

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3 Speed or 4-Speed?
The Transmission Solenoid has a Gasket, which is where it may be coming from. The Solenoid is easy to remove and the Gasket is a one piece, easily to install.
Depending on the type of Transmission:
The Input, Output Speed Sensors; the Neutral Start/Back-up (Safety) Switch; or the PRNDL Switch; are all screwed in. Each may have a rubber o-ring that may be defective causing the leak.
1. Wipe down as much expended fluid as possible.
2. Use a Mechanic Mirror and Flashlight with the engine running to check the culprit!
OR
3. Rollup/Bind-up Paper Towels and wrap it around each individual switch, sensor or at the base of the Solenoid.. Run the engine for a while and pull each towel out individually to check for the fluid. The wet(s) are the culprit(s)
Good Luck and let me know if this was helpful!

Posted on Nov 19, 2009

Testimonial: "Very good information, the mirror proved the problem to be the 0-ring on the input speed sensor. "

  • Patrick Rayome Nov 21, 2009

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