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Some transmission fluid is leaking throught the drain plug on my 1995 SL1 Saturn. Three years ago I replaced the right and left seals, The mileage is 125,000 miles. I recently changed the fluid and put on a new filter.

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Remove the plug. Wrap some Teflon tape around it and reinstall.

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