Seeking advice/comments on tranny leakage:
My Dodge Magnum RT has already been to the dealer once for a
transmission fluid leak. The dealer installed a gasket kit for the
"front transmission extension," or something like that, and it stopped
In the course of having the leak fixed, I heard from several people
that the Magnum/300 transmissions are famous for "weeping" tranny
fluid. (The dealer agreed I had an actual "leak.") But the tranny
has now started to drip small amounts of fluid -- more like what I
would call weeping, I suppose.
I know this tranny is the Mercedes 5-speed automatic. It holds 17
quarts of fluid, and has NO dipstick, so I have no way to check the
fluid level myself. (The dipstick is a machanic's "tool" and costs
How can I safely distinguish between leaking and weeping? IMHO, no
fluid loss -- no matter how small -- is acceptable. Sooner or later
I'll be running on low fluid. (The dealer says there is no warning
light, either. He said to drive it till it slips, then bring it in.)
Can "weeping" ever be "normal," or is there more to it?
I have driven cars which dripped oil, like from a valve cover gasket,
for many thousands of miles with no problem. But I had a way to check
the oil level and make sure it stayed full. Now I'm losing a couple
drops of tranny fluid every time I park the car. It takes a lot of
drops to equal 17 quarts of fluid, but there is no way to check.
I'm going back to the dealer, if for no other reason than to establish
a record that the tranny is still losing fluid. But I'm interested in
hearing any comments regarding the so-called "weeping" condition.