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Old 05-01-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Dizzy Transmission pouring fluid! =( '01 Saturn SC2; Automatic

I've had my 2001 Saturn SC2 for a couple months or so now.. And for a few weeks, i've noticed an occasion "hard shift". Not constant, just occasional.

I came home the other night, and the started to smell a burnt fluid smell. Then, I seen a little smoke coming from the front of the hood. I turned the car off, and popped the hood.. Then, noticed a LOT of fluid on the ground.. It was red, and smelled like transmission fluid.

It hadn't shifted hard that night (though it has, once in a while, shifted hard), didn't really do anything unsual, at all! I do have to come up a very steep driveway, and it's pretty rutted out/lots of bumps.

Anyway, someone looked at it, and told me it's not the transmission fluid, or the hose, or anything "simple". The fluid pours from the "Cover" (dust cover for the flywheel, I think he said?).. I guess it's near the engine. He thinks it may be the front main seal or possibly the torque converter..

My questions: Does this sound right to everyone here? Is this a very difficult fix, expensive repair? Will I have to have someone remove the transmission, and take it apart, to repair it? As you can probably tell by now, I know VERY little about automotive repair. =/

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And another thing it had been doing - again, occasionally - after having driven it a bit of a distance (70 miles or so?), it started hesitating when I tried to accelerate, and then slam forward and accelerates.. This happened once in March, then didn't happen again until a couple weeks ago. My understanding was that this was from the oxygen sensor I need replaced (according to the codes).

Any opinions and/or advice is most welcome! Thanks so much.

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: Transmission pouring fluid! =( '01 Saturn SC2; Automatic

1-Mileage?

2-You smell xmission fluid while 'someone' tells you its not. Only one of you is right. Its not important who's wrong but knowing what fluid is leaking out.

a)If you have any extra coolant in the trunk/garage/coolant container - remove a good sample of it and smell it, discern its color, rub some between your fingers.
b)Pull the oil dipstick and sample some of it with your fingers, smell it, and check for color.
c)Either sample the drippings you found and open the xmission (red) cap and stick a straw or longer sampling stick to withdraw some fluid and perform the same sampling to compare with what you found dripping on the ground to all the fluids sampled (except windshield washer fluid).

3-What's the verdict from this scientific test?

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Old 05-01-2013, 06:05 PM   #3
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Default Re: Transmission pouring fluid! =( '01 Saturn SC2; Automatic

1 - Mileage: Close to 140,000

2 - No, he didn't tell me it's not tranmission fluid, he thinks it is, as well. He's not a mechanic, but he knows a bit about autmotive. More than me, anyway, but most people do. lol

I will do as you suggested, however, thanks for the idea!

3 - I will get back to you as soon as I do this. Thanks again



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1-Mileage?

2-You smell xmission fluid while 'someone' tells you its not. Only one of you is right. Its not important who's wrong but knowing what fluid is leaking out.

a)If you have any extra coolant in the trunk/garage/coolant container - remove a good sample of it and smell it, discern its color, rub some between your fingers.
b)Pull the oil dipstick and sample some of it with your fingers, smell it, and check for color.
c)Either sample the drippings you found and open the xmission (red) cap and stick a straw or longer sampling stick to withdraw some fluid and perform the same sampling to compare with what you found dripping on the ground to all the fluids sampled (except windshield washer fluid).

3-What's the verdict from this scientific test?

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:25 PM   #4
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Default Re: Transmission pouring fluid! =( '01 Saturn SC2; Automatic

By "alot" do you mean quite a few drips, or more like a couple quarts?

Look for a hole broken open around the differential housing, eg the case around where the axles go into the transmission

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Old 05-01-2013, 09:48 PM   #5
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Default Re: Transmission pouring fluid! =( '01 Saturn SC2; Automatic

Red fluid = transmission fluid unless you still have Dex-Cool coolant.

You probably dropped the differential pin. Get somebody under there, either yourself or your friend, then look where the axles go into the transmission. If there is a very large gash through that, then it's toast. There's a slight chance it could be a leaking seal, input shaft quill bearing maybe. Did you recently change the transmission fluid (especially to Mobil 1)?

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Old 05-01-2013, 11:16 PM   #6
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Default Re: Transmission pouring fluid! =( '01 Saturn SC2; Automatic

Sounds to me like a launched differential pin. It happens.

If confirmed the best bet is a transmission swap from a low miles junkyard car. If you find the right person they can do it fairly cheap... it's just a matter of finding the right person.

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:48 AM   #7
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Default Re: Transmission pouring fluid! =( '01 Saturn SC2; Automatic

I had a friend describe the same symptoms as you, and it turned out to be a leaking transmission filter.

+1 on looking for a hole first, if there is none, look at the filter (front of the transmission) and see if that is leaking!

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Old 05-02-2013, 05:24 AM   #8
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Default Re: Transmission pouring fluid! =( '01 Saturn SC2; Automatic

My votes on diff pin as well, even if there's no hole in the outside. I shot mine through the inside of the bellhousing.

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Old 05-03-2013, 10:10 AM   #9
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Default Re: Transmission pouring fluid! =( '01 Saturn SC2; Automatic

wow what a coincedince... Check out my post from last week.. I have an 01 SC2 that started dumping trans fluid. I cleaned everything off and saw it was pouring from the axle shaft seal. NO holes in the transmission.... I ripped the axle out and replaced the seal. WELL.... Im in the process of pulling the transmission. It was the diff pin im assuming as its still pouring out with a new seal. I was quoted a dohc trans with 33k miles for $450.00

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