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Small laceration under right side of vehicle causing fluid to drain out. Fluid appeared to be black but upon touch was a dark red. I assume this is transmission fluid. Is there a pan that could be replaced in a cost- effective manner or do i need the casing to be replaced? I've been trying to locate a diagram online but to no avail.

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This sounds like you have damaged your transmission pan, and you have two options. First remove pan from the transmission. Then either purchase another or repair this one with a product called JB Weld. Either way this requires some expertise and should not be attempted by one who has no experience. These folks will be better off going to a transmission shop and let them do it.

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