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Transmission leak. Diagnosis from one mechanic. Leaking seal and crank shaft crack. Can car be driven with this problem?

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Are you sure he didn't mean drive shaft? The crankshaft is inside th engine. If the leak isn't too bad and there's no vibration from whatever is cracked. it should be ok to drive. Just keep checking the transmission fluid so it doesn't run low.

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