Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: transmission fluid leaking

asked by on

Transmission place told me front seal is leaking and should replace whole transmission. What is your opinion on that option?

My car has 102000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: If your front seal is leaking transmission ...

If your front seal is leaking transmission fluid, this does not at all mean that the whole transmission needs to be replaced, especially not with only 102k on the vehicle.

This would mean that either the engine or transmission would need to be removed in order to access the front seal for replacement. If this service must be done to your vehicle, it is a good idea to go ahead and have the rear main seal on the engine replaced as well since the same labor is required to access that.

I would also recommend taking your vehicle to a different location for this repair due to the fact that it seems the shop you took it to may be fishing for extra dollars.

Just to reinforce what was said, the transmission does NOT necessarily have to be replaced just because it is leaking transmission fluid.

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

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: How do I set the parking brake?

Your car’s parking brake is used to prevent it from rolling when parking on a grade. It should be engaged every time you park the car, even if you don’t think the slope is severe enough. Of course, you need...

Q: After repairs, SUV stalls after deceleration and idles

Using a scan tool to access any stored diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) may give you some direction on this. I recommend cleaning the throttle body. TAC (throttle actuator control) or drive-by-wire throttles are very sensitive to dirty throttle bodies. You...

Q: My friend's car is vibrating

The symptoms you described do make it sound like an issue with the torque converter. It sounds like, while you're driving, the torque converter lock up clutch is slipping occasionally, causing the vibration to happen. It is possible that there...

Related articles

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...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.