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Old 02-20-2003, 12:01 PM
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Transmission Fluid Leak on 126

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I have a leak in the front part of my tranny that drips onto the exhaust manifold and leaves a small puddle in the garage.

What is more likely, a front pump or front seal? How much would it cost to fix?

With 225,000 miles, is it worth the cost involved to fix or wait until the tranny needs a rebuild?
R. Downs
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Old 02-20-2003, 10:18 PM
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front seal almost definitely. R and R of a tranny is expensive for a $3.00 seal. I would try a pint of stopleak and fingers crossed. It should delay the R and R for a while at least until the rebuild.
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Old 02-20-2003, 10:24 PM
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Transmission leak

In all probability the front pump o'ring is leaking requiring removal of the front pump and replacing all necessary seals required. About 12 hrs. labor involved.
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