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Transmission problems i recently bought a 1990 civic automatic transmission .the first day i parked it i noticed a lot of transmission oil had leaked and this naturally made the transmission difficult. after fixing the worn out bolt that held the transmission housing i topped the oil to its gauge level. the car worked fine the whole day but the next day it returned to its difficult transmission even though the oil level was ok. Could the leak have damaged the transmission system and i have to get a new one or can it be solved.

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The best thing i can tell you and the cheapest is to try to change the screen and filter new fluid if this tranny was driven and never had a tranny change chances are from what your saying the damage is done the only chance you have is to try what i explained and hope the screen is just cached with debris and sludge good luck

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