Awe crap, I think I just wrecked my transmission

RU482

Lifer
Apr 9, 2000
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So I bought an older GM Dustbuster van a while back. It's purpose is to get me to and from work and to haul stuff for various projects. Well, tonight it started snowing. I decided that I needed to rush in to work to get something (about 6 miles away). About 3/4 of the way there, the engine started reving. I figured, no big deal, probably just the wheels spinning in the slush. But then I noticed the speedometer wasn't jumping.

About this time, reach the parking lot at work. I jumped out of the van to sense a sweet burning smell. I pop the hood, and through the space between the engine and fan, I see a big red puddle. FVCK! I jump back in and shut the engine off and call my wife to come pick me up.

She came and picked me up. I stopped at a gas station and picked up a couple of quarts of tranny fluid. On the way back to work, I noticed a huge ass red puddle in the snow at the stoplight (where I stopped on the first trip). This was about 1 mile from work, just before the tranny started slipping.

So, I put the quarts of fluid in the transmission and start it up. I look under the hood, to see fluid gushing out of what I presume to be the line to the cooler. FVCK!

So anyway, I'm guessing this will not be a good thing for the longevity of the transmission. The joy is, the van will probably get snow pushed all around it, so it will be a bitch to climb under and check where the leak was actually coming from. Hurray!!

Cliffs notes
drove van 6 miles with major transmission fluid leak, suspect the worst
 

RagingBITCH

Lifer
Sep 27, 2003
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My tranny is on the way out as well. No leaks, just on the way out. On the bright side, it expedites my getting a new vehicle faster :)
 

amdskip

Lifer
Jan 6, 2001
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Hope for the best and that it didn't get too hot. I'd think it was just some hose that cracked with no thanks to the cold weather.
 

RU482

Lifer
Apr 9, 2000
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Originally posted by: amdskip
Hope for the best and that it didn't get too hot. I'd think it was just some hose that cracked with no thanks to the cold weather.

Yeah, It's a 93, and the rest of the hoses look pretty crappy too. Given the location of the tranny cooler line (at the bottom of the radiator) I'm guessing it gets the worst of the elements.

I did place my hand on the outer case of the tranny (to the right of the motor) and it was cool to the touch. Managed to hit the exhaust with my thumb, though :|