[DML] Re: Transmission Problem - any ideas
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[DML] Re: Transmission Problem - any ideas

I'm scratching my head on this. How are you certain that it's "Transmission fluid" that you see? Is it dark, dark gold like motor oil, is it black like thick lubrication oil, or is it gold-ish and slick like water between your fingers?

1. STOP DRIVING THE CAR! No matter what the cause is, I'm pretty sure you're just going to do further damage to something.

2. Check your engine oil level and see what it's sitting at.

3. Take a photo of the oil puddle from the side of the car to give you an idea of where it's at in relation to your drivetrain.

4. Clean up the oil mess.

5. Jack up the rear end of the car, and shove some wheel ramps to support the tires, and chock the front wheels.

6. Climb underneath and start looking to see exactly WHERE this oil leak is coming from. Take photos if necessary. Is fluid coming from the bellhousing mating the engine to the transmission? Is it coming from the front of the transmission? Or is it coming from elsewhere?

You need to find out where exactly the leak is coming from in order to determine what exactly has happened. If you've busted a hole in the transmission from that 5th gear nut, you could destroy the whole gearbox. If you've blown a rear main seal, you're starving the engine of oil and can do some serious damage there too.

You definitely have clutch slippage, but if you've ever smelled a burning clutch you know it's got a very distinct smell that's totally different than motor oil burning. That's most of all what would have me concerned here. Start from there, and let us know what you find.

vin 6585"X"

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "daviddelorean" <daviddelorean@...> wrote:
> My car has a manual transmission. I noticed slight slippage over the course of a few weeks (the car was in gear but wouldn't move as if in neutral). Then one night coming home doing 45mph complete slippage. Also noticed a very bad smell I could only describe as 'burning oil'.
> Drove slow and made it home and parked the car. Went out to the garage 2 hrs later and the 'burning oil' smell was so bad I thought the car was on fire. Also, a large pool of transmission fluid had dumped out of the gearbox onto the floor (by large I mean the whole area under the rear of the car was a swimming pool).
> I start the car regularly and drive it up and down the drive way 50' or so. Gears still work. Car moves. But that 'burning oil' smell is always present.
> Any ideas what this can be?


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