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Transmission leak....it is full to the proper level....drive it for about 3 to 4 weeks.....transmission fluid on my drive way...alot of fluid...this may happen again in about 3 to four weeks....it drives me crazy

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Hi, my name is John I will do my best to assist you.

Based on your description, this is my advice.

These are the locations where the Transaxle can leak in order from most, to least likely.

  1. Transaxle pan gasket.
  2. Axle half-shaft seals.
  3. Transaxle pump seal.
A thorough visual inspection underneath the car should reveal the leak location. Look for fluid build up on the pan and surrounding parts, or drips hanging from the Transaxle pan bolts. If present then the pan gasket is most likely leaking and should be replaced. I recommend replacing the Transaxle filter while the pan is removed for gasket replacement.

Look for evidence of leaks where the axle shafts enter the Transaxle. If the axle seals are leaking it is a big project to replace them.

Sometimes leak stop additive products can slow leaks down, or stop them.

It is unlikely that the pump seal is leaking, but if it is it would leak worse while driving and fluid would blow back and coat the under carriage. You would also typically see evidence of a stream of fluid running out the bottom of the bell housing. The Transaxle has to be removed to replace the pump seal.

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Posted on Mar 21, 2011

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    John Mar 21, 2011

    One other possible leak location that I forgot to mention are the transaxle cooler lines. There should be 2 metal pipes connected to the tranaxle, and most likely run to the radiator. You can check these for signs of leakage as well, but unless they were disconnected previously, or the car was bottomed out it's unlikely the leak is here.

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