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Old 16 Feb 2017, 05:37 pm
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Default Transmission pan covered in fluid.

Hello everyone!

We have an PT Cruiser since 2003 and as we expected, started to show some problems. Yesterday I notice small fluid spots under the driver front wheel, so I check and I found the pan looking like this:

Seems like a leak and Im going to take it to the mechanic, but I don't know what to expect. Is only matter of replacing the seals or I have to expect something more complicated than that?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 16 Feb 2017, 07:23 pm
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Default Re: Transmission pan covered in fluid.

FYI replacing the transmission oil pan is very easy. Just remove the bolts all around and put a new one in. You'll also probably need to carefully scrape away the old gasket sealer goop and put in a new gasket. The Doorman pan at Rock Auto is only $25 and does not include a gasket. Gaskets are often included with ATF filters which cost $5-$12 also at Rock Auto. The Doorman pan has a drain plug so the next time you want to drain the ATF, you don't have to remove the pan.

You can also get a hand pump at Harbor Freight for $7 to drain most of the fluid out through the dipstick neck before you remove the old pan. It makes for a much cleaner replacement.

After removing the pan, look at the magnet and see if there are any big metal chips (bad). Small "filings" are not bad and are typical.

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I don't know if that will fix your problem but you could also clean the area with some Simple Green or 409 and check again in a day or so to see if the ATF pan seal is the problem or if the leak starts elsewhere.

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Old 16 Feb 2017, 07:59 pm
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Default Re: Transmission pan covered in fluid.

Transmission solenoid pack and tranny cooling lines are just above the front edge of the pan and should be checked.
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Default Re: Transmission pan covered in fluid.

I agree with JoeX. I think you should definitely check the solenoid pack.

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