89 Chevy Caprice Wagon 307 engine, 700 automatic trans.
The trans is leaking fluid all the time, even when parked.
This has been going on for over a year. I used to have to add a quart
every 5 to 6 weeks. Lately, 2 quarts per week.
I took car to mechanic. He said it's leaking at the pump (by torque
converter). Either the gasket or loose bolts. He tightened the
bottom bolts. They were tight. He said the other bolts can not be
tightened without trans removal. They want big money to remove the
trans, in fact more than I paid for the car. I probably wont fix it
at that cost. I'll just keep adding fluid till it gets too bad and
junk the car.
A few questions.
1. Can I tighten those other bolts by buying a special tool?
2. I cant understand how this kind of gasket would get bad unless the
bolts were loose, which comes back to finding a way to tighten the
bolts without removal. I also cant understand why the leak is getting
worse. Why would the gasket get worse? Once again, it seems like the
problem is loose bolts.
3. Is there any way to apply some silicone gasket maker around that
pump without removing the trans? -OR- is there something I can add to
the fluid to seal that leak?