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Old 10-11-2017, 05:26 PM   #1
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Dizzy Transmission fluid disappearing?

My ex bought this car for my son in June. Starting about 2 weeks ago, he began noticing issues with the transmission either not shifting at all or shifting very hard. He also noticed that it was low on fluid. It keeps losing about a quart every day or two. It's right at a quart each time as 1 quart fills it perfectly according to the dipstick. The big issue is that I cannot find a leak anywhere. This leads me to believe that it's only happening when he is driving and stops when he parks. There's no sign of the fluid in the coolant that we can see. So the question is: Where is the fluid going and how do we fix this!?! Thank you for your time

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Old 10-11-2017, 06:34 PM   #2
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Default Re: Transmission fluid disappearing?

All saturn s series models have an external spin-on transmission filter.
On your car, it may not be on tight and spewing while driving.

It is located under the air snorkel, on the drivers side, just in front of the battery area.

It is mounted horizontally and should be changed at least every 30,000 miles or more often if there are issues

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Old 10-11-2017, 06:43 PM   #3
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Default Re: Transmission fluid disappearing?

Put some fluorescent dye in the fluid and check for leak areas with a UV light.

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Old 10-12-2017, 08:45 AM   #4
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The filter for the automatic transmission needs to be put on TIGHT. It is not the same as the oil filter. People have a tendency to use the same pressure to tighten as the oil filter, which is not enough, causing leaks while under pressure (driving). Check this first, then look for leaks elsewhere.

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Old 10-14-2017, 06:29 AM   #5
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If you were driving a 2-cycle dirt bike, the problem would be a leaking crankshaft seal on the transmission side.
I once lost two quarts of engine oil in the driveway by forgetting to reinstall the drain plug. The puddle was not hard to find. Iím not the only one. Within a few weeks of my mistake, there was someone here at Saturnfns that said they liked to flush out the old oil with two quarts of fresh.

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