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2001 Dodge Intrepid Question: leaking red fluid

 

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Visitor, 3.5L V6, Mason City, IA, March 31, 2010, 14:02

When I backed my car out of the garage to wash it, I noticed red liquid leaked out from somewhere under the front. I checked transmission fluid level and it was okay. Any suggestions?

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    April 01, 2010, 16:23
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    Try this article for some help: http://repairpal.com/car-fluid-links-what-to-do

    If the leak is new, you may not detect it in the fluid level. Best course is to have it looked at by a pro.

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    persnickity, April 01, 2010, 18:52
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    Thanks, Matte! You're probably right as the leak seemed to just appear all of a sudden. I'll have it checked out.

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    mclolmc, September 14, 2013, 09:31
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    it is probably blood from the cat that was sleeping on the warm engine before you started you car

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    April 03, 2010, 16:36
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    The red fluid is usually characterized with transmission fluid which means you probably have a leak in your transmission somewhere. However, unlikely it may be (but possible), transmission fluid can be used as a power steering fluid, so you should also check the pump and lines for leakage.
    As to the no level difference when you checked the transmission fluid, Matte is correct about if it is a new leak, it is unlikely you can detect it just checking the fluid.

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    Visitor, January 12, 2011, 19:47

    Sound like trans fluid leaking form somewhere. the other guys were right in that if its a fairly new leak, you may not detect it when checking your fluid level unless you're leaking a lot of fluid. sometimes the cooler lines can be leaking as well. try putting some cardboard or white paper or even news paper under your car overnight. Place the paper as far back near the firewall under the car and also up toward the front underneath your radiator area. Spread the paper so that its just about covering the ground under your engine. If the fluid is leaking toward the front of the car, it may very well be a cooler line or hose. That won;t be so bad as far as a repair. I would certainly take your vehicle to a transmission specialist shop, someone that works on nothing but transmissions. Get several estimates before you have any work done to make sure they dont try to rip u off.

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