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Old 11 Dec 2010, 01:23 pm
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Default Winter Transmission Fluid Leak

This winter, and last, I've experienced a small transmission fluid leak on my 2002 PT. I've looked through a couple of threads and noticed that the solenoid pack seems to be the culprit when a winter leak is present, and that the transmission cooler lines could also be at fault. Would anyone be able to describe for me the manner in which I would go about determining if one of these two reasons are to blame for the leak? I guess what I'm looking for are the locations of the solenoid pack/transmission cooler lines. Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions, comments, and/or instructions that come my way.
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Old 11 Dec 2010, 02:05 pm
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Default Re: Winter Transmission Fluid Leak

i just posted soemthing about this earlier today and and a photo as well

i thought it was the fluid pan, but when i looked closer, i could actually see the fluid seeping out between the sandwiched housing of the solenoid. it's right above the pan between the tranny and the radiator. (look at photo in my posting) i used a micro gearwrench MICROdriver and a torx cr-vt25 bit to tighten the torx screws on the solenoid. i tried a 1/4 ratchet, but the adapter for the torx makes it too long to fit in the tight space.

anyway i tightened the ones i could reach gently and the seeping is weaker. Still wondering if i have to buy a new solenoid or just reaseal it. I guess for $150, i miight as well replace it if the leak gets stronger again.

if i do have to change or re-seal, the grille and radiator will have to come off ( and I wonder what else)

alldiy was no help.

good luck and let me know how it goes.

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Old 11 Dec 2010, 02:21 pm
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Default Re: Winter Transmission Fluid Leak

Thanks for telling me about the picture you posted. I don't know how I missed that when I looked through your post the first time. Crazy thing is that I just discovered my girlfriend's '02 Sebring is doing the exact same thing as my '02 PT. When it rains, it pours.
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Old 11 Dec 2010, 02:39 pm
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Default Re: Winter Transmission Fluid Leak

i meant alldatadiy. I e-mailed them for help. we'll see.
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Old 12 Dec 2010, 10:27 pm
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| Repair Guides | Electronic Engine & Emission Controls | Solenoid/pressure Switch | AutoZone.com

seems that it is under the battery tray so you don't have to remove the radiator
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Old 16 Dec 2010, 11:30 am
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Default Re: Winter Transmission Fluid Leak

Called the dealer today and asked for a ballpark of how much it would be to replace the transmission solenoid and he asked "which solenoid" I thought that he didn't hear me say transmission tye first time so I said again transmission solenoid and he repeated himself. Where is the other solenoid?

thanks.
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Old 16 Dec 2010, 11:34 am
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Default Re: Winter Transmission Fluid Leak

called another dealer and he didn't give me any trouble. $270 for the part alone though. Advance has a Dorman for $120
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Old 17 Dec 2010, 03:16 pm
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Default Re: Winter Transmission Fluid Leak

Same here...found the Dorman for $120 after almost paying $145-$150 somewhere else.
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Old 17 Dec 2010, 04:45 pm
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Default Re: Winter Transmission Fluid Leak

Hey calcuaz, there's a post on here with a link to PTCrew.com(org?) that has the most detailed instructions I've seen so far. It's floating around in the Tech & Performance forum.
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Old 19 Dec 2010, 03:23 pm
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Default Re: Winter Transmission Fluid Leak

Before spending the money, make sure the hose clamps and hoses on the top side are not it.
My wifes 02 last year started leaking, I pulled air cleaner assembly out of there and battery, took break cleaner cleaned and dried up good, changed clamps and saved a quart of tranny fluid a week.
There was no work done to it prior to it, just started after a cold spell. And by the way, could not really determine where leak was cause fluid was all over.
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