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Transmission has to be taken out to fix leak ! Where is it ?

Has to keep on filling tranny due to a leak, in order to repair, have to have the transmission removed. Could it be a seal that cracked ?

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Hi Tim

Short answer is, yes, a cracked seal, or worn out gasket could be at the root of the leak. That said, the transmission is a major component of your drivetrain. It sits, most likely, under your engine, with the shafts to the front drive wheels coming out either side. Unless you have some serious tools and a very good guide (this will likely mean pulling the entire engine), this is not something to go into lightly as a DIY project.

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