Baltimore MD Automotive Transmission Leaking
Jim Jennings Transmissions has over 60 years experience diagnosing and repairing leaking transmissions for our greater Baltimore area customers. When our transmission center gets a call about red spots under a car or truck, we strongly suggest our customers check the transmission fluid level and add until it’s full. If driven with the transmission fluid a quart low, damage may or may not occur. If it is too low, two or more quarts, your car or truck may not move when it’s cold and then may operate ok as it warms up. If you continue driving, you will damage your transmission. The challenge we’re seeing today is that manufacturers are not installing fill tubes and dipsticks in many vehicles so the owners can’t check their own fluid level.
Most transmissions have as many as 15 places they can leak. The majority of those are inexpensive to repair because the transmission doesn’t have to be removed. The majority of transmission leaks come from seals, O-rings or gaskets that simply can’t hold the fluid any longer because they are worn, are hard, cracked or are brittle. The weight of the fluid causes it to seep past the seals and gaskets and tends to be slower leaks. Faster leaks are often caused by fluid under pump pressure. In snowy areas of the country where salt is used, leaks will often come from one or both of the transmission cooling lines that have a hole rusted through. One line carries hot fluid, under pressure, to the radiator where it is cooled and then sent back to the transmission via a parallel line. It can squirt the fluid out like a squirt gun.
Occasionally we’ll see impact damage from a curb, parking stop, rock or a foreign object in the road which can cause a rapid loss of fluid. Towing is recommended in those instances and the repair may be covered by your insurance company.
Delaying a leak repair and driving with low fluid will probably be hazardous to your bank account. Give Jim Jennings Transmissions a call and we'll get it diagnosed and repaired, hopefully before you've damaged your transmission.