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Old 01-26-2002, 12:16 PM
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Red under car

Went to get the 560SL out today, as its been in storage since November, and found lots of red fluid under the car. I had a slight leak near the tranny last year, and mechanic said it wasn't a serious problem at that time. What's strange is that I had a 3' by 2' peice of cardboard under the car, and it was soaked. When I check the tranny fluid, it was fine. Power steering was down about an inch, and oil level was fine. Can the tranny fluid indication be fooled somehow?

After warming it up, I had some smoke coming from under car further back near the catalytic converter, but I could not pinpoint the location of leak.

Car drives, fine, shifts fine, is quite, etc. How could it leak this much just sitting three?

If the seal was bad between tranny and the engine, would it leak more in cold weather than in warm? (this is Buffalo NY, but it's been a fairly warm winter, despite the downtown buffalo snowfall).

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Old 01-26-2002, 12:43 PM
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Did you check the tranny fluid level with the tranny hot and the engine running?
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Old 01-26-2002, 01:28 PM
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if it is under the front of the car it could be a coolant leak(if you have red coolant). lots of people think that their brakes or tranny is leaking when it is simply the coolant.
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Old 01-26-2002, 02:50 PM
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Good point about coolant, if you can rule that out....

My guess is that it's trans fluid. If it was the ps, you'd see clear fluid and more than likely it would come from the driver's side, towards the front of your car. A small amount of ATF permeates cardboard easily and appears to be more than you might think...

Regarding the smoke, make sure you're trans vacum modulator is in working order, that could be the source of the white smoke.
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Old 01-26-2002, 04:45 PM
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re: red under car

is that anything like 'jell-o in the glovebox' ?
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