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Old 08-17-2009, 11:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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On my 2004, parked it on a 20% grade driveway for a week, returned from vacation, daughter moved car to find a large splat of transmission fluid which had run down the driveway, the full length of the car. Upon inspection found 2 small puddles of trans fluid on top of transaxel under dipstick. Dipstick was 2-3 inches out of the tube.

My transmission guy suggests it could be clogged vent creating to much pressure, we are watching it to see if it happens again.

Anyone experience this, please?

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Old 08-17-2009, 12:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-17-2009, 01:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The problem may be as simple as the " O " ring seal at the base of the dipstick tube. You said the car was left on an incline for a week so fluid could have seeped out past the " O " ring. A plugged vent would not cause the dipstick to be out that far. It's more likely that the dipstick wasn't pushed all the way down when the fluid was checked last.

Make sure the fluid level is right and the dipstick is " seated ". Drive the car normally and park on level ground. If the leak appears to be gone and the dipstick stays in place, the vent is not blocked. Place a large piece of cardboard under the transmission and park the car on an incline over night. If there is fluid on the cardboard in the morning, the dipstick " O " ring is seeping.

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Twice I've found my dipstick popped up a good 2-3" (for the ATF) and I know I had seated it properly the last time I checked it. The vent issue seems to be a Gen 4 only thing...
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QUOTE (fonicsmonkey @ Aug 17 2009, 12:22 PM) This is a terrific reference and appears to be the problem. Thank you for the help!

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