Originally posted by badboyz
Hi 3000GTuner. I just got the car from some guy in Sausalito. It ran fine from there to Monterey. However, it was leaking tranny fluid but I stayed on top of it. One day, it slipped and I put more tranny fluid in and took it straight home. However, I'm scared to take it anywhere for fear that it will get stuck. I just drive it back & forth for about 50 ft. I put some stop leak anti slippage fluid in it and haven't noticed it leaking anymore. I called Kormex and the guy said to try changing the tranny fluid. That would be awsome if thats the fix. Is it easy to get to? Do I just jack the car up & take it out or is there anything I should be aware of?
If you are leaking tranny fluid you shouldn't be driving the car at all. EVEN IF YOU ARE ON TOP OF IT!!! Because I am starting to suspect that you have burnt out your clutches (front, rear, and end clutches). Low tranny fluid will definitely burn out your clutches.
But let us do the easiest things first:
1) Never add any kind of additive/tranny fluid treatment into a mitsubishi transmission. ESPECIALLY STOP LEAK fluid!!! You may have compromised the viscosity of the original fluid by adding all these treatment to it. Heck you may have even clogged the solenoids that control the gear shift!!! Fear anything that say STOP LEAK!!!! The fact of the matter is, if it can stop a leak, it can and may clog your valve body( the valve body is the brain of the autotranny when it comes to shifting into gears).
2) What type of fluid have you been using to refill everytime the fluid goes down? The only fluid you should be using is either the Mitsubishi Automatic Tranny Fluid
OR ATF+3 fluids
. ATF+3 fluids will say it right on the bottle title labels. These fluids are specifically design for Mitsubhishi trannys. Supposedly the viscosity is higher than regular tranny fluid.
AND NEVER EVER USE DEXRON II or DEXRON III auto tranny fluid!!!
3) OK, let's empty out all your messed-up fluid first from the tranny. Get yourself at least 5 quarts of APPROVED autotranny fluid. Simply jack up the car (be safe...use a jack stand) and drain the fluid from the tranny. Drain plug should be behind the passenger-side front wheel. Replace the drain plug and refill the tranny fluid. Use 5 quarts first. Jack down. Car level. Shift through all the gears. Alternate between each gear and park.
Normally, you are suppose to check your tranny fluid only after about 20 miles of driving and gear in Neutral. But since your car may not be able to shift into gear then just leave it in Neutral (had brake on please) and check your fluid. It should fall approximately where it says "Hot".
Well, with the right fluid and right fluid level see if you can drive it.
If not, you need to go to the shop and get it rebuilt before any mechanical problem arise (like broken gears, etc...)
4) Where's the leak coming from. Check it while you are under the car to drain the fluid. If it's from an area under the drive axle it could be the seal there. or worse it can be the seal between the tranny and the torque converter.
So many possibilities...