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Old 09-21-2006, 02:10 AM   #1
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Default Transmission leak, common places?

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Mine is dripping down the side of the case, could be from the top?

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Old 09-21-2006, 02:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: Transmission leak, common places?

In order of frequency:

1. Filter (especially if fluid was just changed)
2. TTS (Transaxle Fluid Temperature Sensor) Especially if the fluid was just changed as it is right next to the filter.
3. Axle shaft seals (usually just minor drips)
4. Top "pan" (cover) gasket. (Seen usually as runs/drips down the case.
5. Cooler lines at radiator
6. TSS or VSS (Turbine speed sensor) (Vehicle speed sensor)
7. Torque convertor/input shaft seal (seen as drips at lower inspection cover)
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Old 09-21-2006, 03:00 AM   #3
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Thanks.

Currently have 93,800, leak has been there since a little under 50,000 miles. Filter was last done at 34,000 miles, yes, will be doing it in the next few weeks.

I think I can eliminate #5, I've checked those already.

Has anyone tackled a top cover gasket job before? How difficult? How time consuming?

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Default Re: Transmission leak, common places?

If you do not have ABS, it is not too bad. If you do, it is a bit more of a pain but still a DIY job. (No special tools needed)
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Default Re: Transmission leak, common places?

Hmm, I do have ABS on my SL2 unfortunately.

How would I "support" the master cylinder and ABS module while taking off the top cover? One member here has suggested bungee cords.

Supposedly I've been told that this can be done around an hour? How long has it taken you, Wolfman, (or anyone) to do this job?
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Default Re: Transmission leak, common places?

Without ABS it takes about an hour.

With ABS add another 30 minutes of so.

Bungee cords (heavy duty...no cheapees) will work to support the ABS mastercylinder. (Coathangers bent creatively will too) BE CAREFULL when moviing it out of the way not to be overly and quickly violent as you can snap or pinch one of the metal brake lines. When moving the AC, think of the coiled metal brake lines as a spring you are stretching and then when you are putting it back, as springs you are compressing, and move the MC accordingly.
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Default Re: Transmission leak, common places?

When I bought my car, it appeared to have a slight transimission fluid leak, and the receipts indicated that the mechanic had previously tried to fix a tranny leak by replacing the filter. Since there still was a leak, I was dubious if that was the problem.

And when I replaced the filter, it appeared that there was STILL a leak! However, checking around under there indicated that the filter was the likely source, so I used the filter wrench to tighten it a bit beyond that "hand tight" point they recommend, and the leak stopped!

I hope it's that simple for you.
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