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Hi,
I notice when I get out of my car from driving a smell of burnt transmission fluid. I looked at the fluid it looks good and clean... not burnt. I dont know how long ago it was changed as I just bought the car not too long ago.
The guy I bought it from is a frend of mine so I called him he said not too long ago...
Do I need to change it?
Anyone else have this problem or any idea what this could be.
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Speculations are:

1. When the fluid was changed last time, some of it got on the engine and transmission housing. The smell will go away, when it burns off.

2. The transmission overheated and boiled/foamed ATF out of the transmission vent hole or dipstick sometime in the past, leaving the burnt smell behind. New ATF might have been added, but the reason wasn't disclosed.

3. The wrong transmission fluid was used and the clutch packs are going.
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Take a white paper towel and put a drop of the fluid on it. As the fluid is absorbed you will see the junk if any in it show up clearly on the towel.

When in doubt, change it out.......

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Hi thanks for all the help.
I will check it w/ the paper towle tomorrow.
#3 Scares me... does that mean the transmssion is going


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#3 does mean that the transmission is going. If the clutch packs are going, you're in for a trans rebuild before long. You should focus on the first two possibilities, at least for now...

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It could actually be the smell of your brakes if you brake really hard. That's how my car smells almost every time I drive.


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I'm told they will only need 30 to 60 minutes to install. So I tell them I can wait. 4 hours later I see 4 tech's around my car scratching their heads. Not a good sign.
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are you kidding? Because I do need my breaks changed they squeel. I hope thats all it is... I have my other car still sitting in the drive way in need or a rebuild trans.


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Originally posted by New Tauri Ower@Jan 11 2005, 10:44 PM
are you kidding? Because I do need my breaks changed they squeel. I hope thats all it is... I have my other car still sitting in the drive way in need or a rebuild trans.
My rear brakes (drums) make scratching noises inside the car. I had all 4 corners done last summer and only drove about 6k miles till now. But I drive abnormally fast so I'm not surprised. But yeah the brakes will smell if you drive and brake hard.


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I'm told they will only need 30 to 60 minutes to install. So I tell them I can wait. 4 hours later I see 4 tech's around my car scratching their heads. Not a good sign.
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It could also be that you have a leak somewhere in your tranny, and as you drive its getting blown back onto the exhaust. I've experienced that before. The leak could be around the pan (obviously visable and easy to fix) or from one of the seals, not as visable and not as easy to fix.

Look under the car when you stop and smell the burning odor and look for smoking fluid off an exhaust piece.

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