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My 2004 Taurus SES with less than 56K miles, had a leak of transmission fluid In my garage. I took it to Midas and they couldn't find anything wrong. However, a transmission specialist on site told my husband that Taurus have had that issue even with low miles. They replaced my fluid because it was low. My concern is how long can I keep my car? I was hoping to give it to my daughter as her first car and now I am not sure. What can help the life of the transmission?

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I'm going to make an assumption that this car has an automatic transmission.

First, a transmission is just like a cup. It only leaks if there's a hole in the bottom. If a little fluid overflowed someplace you can't see and left a little spot once, I wouldn't worry about it. If it continues to do it repeatedly however, I would say forget that Midas and take it to a shop that specializes in transmissions.

It could be as simple as an O-Ring in a fitting that's cracked and needs to be replaced, maybe 1 hour of labor and a 50 cent O-Ring. If it's only leaking when it's parked, it's probably a pan gasket. A 2004 Taurus is just about due for a transmission fluid/filter service anyway, which involves replacing the gasket.

Without seeing it myself, I can only guess though. Take it to a transmission specialist or a Ford dealer that's guaranteed to have a good eye for what's normal and what's not on your car.

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If it isn't getting any worse, and you don't mind living with it how it is, just make sure the fluid is at the correct level. Learn the *correct procedure* for checking it from your owner's manual, check it frequently, and keep the fluid right where it's supposed to be. Just do that, and you'll prevent it from getting seriously damaged.

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