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1996 Ford Explorer Automatic Transmission Leak

Reader Question: I am a single mom. My son has a 1996 Ford Explorer. We had a transmission rebuilt 8 months ago it was a nightmare.

Nevertheless, I just noticed there is a leak, not all the time. What do you suggest I do first before taking it to a shop?

I have limited money, and I am concerned.

I really need help.

Thank you.


Hi Linda,

Are you sure this is a transmission fluid leak? If you are sure, its transmission fluid and you still have some warranty left on the original repair then I would go and talk to the transmission shop.

There are a few places on the transmission it can leak fluid, so without properly cleaning and drying off the transmission and the leaked fluid I would just be guessing.

If you do not want to go back to the transmission shop or you do not have a warranty claim, then I would visit your local repair shop and have them look for you. It might be something as simple as a loose bolt on the transmission pan, which is not holding the gasket tight enough to the transmission.

This is common, especially after a transmission overhaul for some reason. Seems these bolts can work their way loose easily.

If you have a warranty, do NOT use one of those stop leak additives you can buy at your local auto parts store. You do not want to give the transmission shop a reason to deny your warranty claim.

Austin Davis

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