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Old 11-11-2009, 08:30 AM   #1
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Cool Weird Transmission Leak

Hello Guys,

This weekend I changed both of my axels in my car. The boots where torn

and one of them was already making the popping noise so I decided to take

them off and replace them. Once I replaced them since I was already there

with the car in jack stand I drained the transmission fluid and I refilled the

transmission. I did not top it off the fluid, but that same day I notice that

from the middle part where the transmission links to the engine there was a

leak and it looked like it was comming from the Axle on the drive side. I left it

alone so I can fix it this friday but when I went and looked for the past 2

days there is no more leak its gone. SHould I be worried? Is that normal? or

what could be happening? Right now when I looked at the trainny its dried as

a bone there is no sign of any leaks. The transmission is working great no

grinding noise and not gears getting stuck. I am just worried that I saw it

leaked in the beggining.

Thanks for your input,

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Old 11-11-2009, 08:30 AM   #2
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By the way my car specs are.

2001 Ford Focus zx3 manual transmission.

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Old 11-11-2009, 08:40 AM   #3
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You're supposed to drain the fluid before removing the old half-shafts and fill the trans after installing the new ones. I'm not sure if it'd cause a leak, but it's a possibility. Let some other members chime in before any conclusions are made.
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Well when I removed the half shaft there was a leak and the fluid was black as hell, but when I refilled it the liquid was nice and bright red and that is the one that I found on the floor not the old liquid. Let me know if once again I am incorrect.

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Old 11-11-2009, 08:43 AM   #5
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Also I removed the Axels and afterwards is when I drained and refilled the transmission fluid back.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:47 AM   #6
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One more thing I just read a how to do the tranmission drain and filled and it says it takes 2.1 quarts of oil. I used 3 quarts the car was not level straight it was on jack stands. Could that maybe the issue why it was leaking?

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Old 11-11-2009, 11:46 AM   #7
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You could have overfilled it. You know you're not supposed to put ATF in it, right? You need actual gear lube from Ford. It is expensive but it will save your transmission. ATF just doesn't cut it, even if it calls for ATF in your owner's manual.

I've had a car where if you overfilled it, it would spew out of the vent hole. Not sure if the Focus has such a thing, however.
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I called the ford dealer and they told me I needed Synthetic Mercon fluid and that is the one I bought from the store was I not suppose to do that?
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Sometimes when you first put something together, a seal might have some dirt under it's lip, etc, and it may leak at first but then seat itself and go on to give good service. If there's lube in the trans and at the correct level and the seal still isn't leaking, it'll most likely be fine.
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Well I just looked under the car again and the leak is there it looks like it dripping from the passenger side axel and running down the transmission case.
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