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Old 10-18-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default 1999 Saturn SL2 Transmission leak

Alright friend just sold me his 1999 Saturn SL2 automatic the only problem is it has a small transmission leak. And I am afraid of it getting worse, is there anything i can do to fix it? He told just to put more transmission fluid in every couple of weeks.

Should I just buy a new transmission or?


Sorry this is my first car so I wanna take of it.

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Old 10-18-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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Have you found the source of the leak? It could be as simple as not having tightened the filter enough. The PSI on that filter is high and needs to be tightened very well.

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Old 10-19-2011, 01:21 PM   #3
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Have you found the source of the leak? It could be as simple as not having tightened the filter enough. The PSI on that filter is high and needs to be tightened very well.
or perhaps the filter is some crap aftermarket brand; for this reason most people prefer OEM, WIX, and/or Baldwin filters for the transaxle.

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Old 10-20-2011, 01:19 AM   #4
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I'll try replacing the filter, and update you on the leak.

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Old 10-20-2011, 11:35 AM   #5
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Default Re: 1999 Saturn SL2 Transmission leak

Also check transmission lines where they go into transmission and radiator.
Look and see if they are leaking around the connectors.
Can you see where it is dripping from ?

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Old 10-20-2011, 03:01 PM   #6
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Default Re: 1999 Saturn SL2 Transmission leak

If your friend cannot tell you for certain that the fluid and filter have been replaced within the last 30,000 miles, this would be a golden opportunity to change them. It's easier than an oil change, and will rule out one possible source of the leak.

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:43 PM   #7
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Default Re: 1999 Saturn SL2 Transmission leak

I would agree, mad, except for refilling. It takes forever to refill the tranny fluid. I have not tried a vented funnel yet.

OP - during your fluid change, clean-clean-clean up all around the tranny then keep a close eye for the leak. The new, red fluid will be easy to see and trace to its source. It might be an axle seal or the fill plug (along with the aforementioned filter).

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Old 10-20-2011, 08:48 PM   #8
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don't just replace the filter, see if the fluid is coming from that area first. If your problem is a bad diff pin, it's silly to replace the filter, as the leak would be coming from nowhere near the same area. Look for the source, then take action.

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Old 10-24-2011, 02:23 PM   #9
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Default Re: 1999 Saturn SL2 Transmission leak

I replaced the filter because it was terrible it was covered in dried oil and was disgusting so we replaced that, But after that the radiator hose broke and when we ran the car it was just dumping out all of the coolant, so I cut a little piece off and it seems to of fixed it.

The leak looks to have stopped but I put a piece of cardboard under the car over night and in the morning I looked and it had some spots of transmission fluid? What else might be the problem?

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Old 10-24-2011, 03:29 PM   #10
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might be the seal around axel

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Old 10-24-2011, 03:31 PM   #11
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might be the seal around axel,where it goes into trans.

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Old 10-24-2011, 04:01 PM   #12
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Default Re: 1999 Saturn SL2 Transmission leak

The dif pin leak is tricky.Purdue Guy is right,clean up the area.If you have leakage out of the inspection plate area ,it may be the dif pin. As the dif pin slowly pulls out of its carrier,the end of the pin scratches the aluminun case. The leak may start out slow ,but the end result is always the same.Richpin has a good video on dif pin inspection.

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Old 10-24-2011, 08:17 PM   #13
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Default Re: 1999 Saturn SL2 Transmission leak

This might be something out there, but worth a thought too... check the trans bell housing bolts and make sure that they are tightened. Believe it or not; I had the auto trans housing bolts come loose once, and my Saturn mechanic had to retighten them. I had a slow leak from the bolts being loose... this was in my 94 SC1.

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Old 11-18-2011, 03:51 PM   #14
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I added Bars Stop Leak but that hasn't seemed to work either :/

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Default Re: 1999 Saturn SL2 Transmission leak

I would not use stop leak in your tranny! I would drain that out right away.

Clean the trans and lines, then let the car warm up. Shut it off and look for your leak. Once you find it you can take actions, like Purdue said above.

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I would not use stop leak in your tranny! I would drain that out right away.

Clean the trans and lines, then let the car warm up. Shut it off and look for your leak. Once you find it you can take actions, like Purdue said above.
I cleaned it and it seems to be coming from the sensor that is in there. Its like dripping Tranny fluid.

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I cleaned it and it seems to be coming from the sensor that is in there. Its like dripping Tranny fluid.
which sensor?

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which sensor?
not sure, it looks like a sensor sticking out, and just seems to be covered in transmission fluid. Ill try to get pictures when i go under again.

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