Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: My car is pouring transmission fluid out by the starter. Is that the front transmission seal? 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

asked by on

My Monte Carlo is leaking out transmission fluid by the starter and it pours all out in minutes but starts when you put it in to gear

My car has 130000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there - the leak you describe could certainly be caused by the transmission input shaft seal. It’s also possible that one of the transmission fluid lines to the radiator has failed, or one of the fluid couplings is leaking (massively). I recommend a transmission fluid leak inspection before driving the car further, performed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, diagnose this problem, and give you an accurate assessment of damage and cost estimate for repairs. This will prevent further damage to the transmission.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • My car is pouring transmission fluid out by the starter. Is that the front transmission seal? 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: My car wouldn't start one day but started fine the next.

For this vehicle, the wiring harness connections on each and every module may have what is called "fretting corrosion", which will cause intermittent loss of connection in the module. A certified mechanic will have to go through each and every...

Q: ECU and related components

Your ECU would have to be programmed. Although it is possible nowadays for consumers to download the software from the OEM for a fee, you need an interface cable and knowledge of the programming steps. Once you add up the...

Q: Car will not start - Chevrolet Monte Carlo

If what you are doing with your key fob is indeed affecting your cars ability to start, I would have to point you in the direction of the security system. Aside from your security system, your key fob itself will...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...