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Just had a transmission rebuild done. There was a puddle of red fluid (transmission) underneath the front end of my car after having it parked for 3 days. I took it back to where I had the job done. The car was lifted, I looked under the car and there was no signs of fluid leaking from transmission or its pan. They both were totally spotless. The next day, I did a full cleaning job around the Oil pan because it had a build up from a valve cover gasket leak. Now today, there is a big puddle of red fluid underneath my car after sitting over the weekend (again). I checked the levels and everything is fine. What could this be??? my power steering???

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  • shawatmike Feb 01, 2010

    Ok. I will do that. Thanks

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Double check your power steering level by all means, but you also said from the front end. there is a transmission cooler as part of the radiator. double check the cooler lines from the transmission to the radiator.

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