transaxle cooling line on 1999 Saab 9-5

I have noticed a leak near the front of the car. It is reddish in color. Today, there was light smoke coming from that area. I was told that the fluid was dripping on the manifold because it was a particularly windy day. Could this be a transmission line leaking, or could it be something else?

by in Muskegon, MI on April 12, 2011
1 answer 8 comments
ANSWER by on April 12, 2011
sorry, just answered your other post. Roy
COMMENT by on April 12, 2011
Sorry, I didn't get that answer. Can you explain it to me again?
COMMENT by on April 12, 2011
sure. it sounds like a cooler line from the trans to the motor. these lines carry fluid to the rad for cooling. have someone install a dye into the trans and use a light to pinpont the leak. then you can get a bid on the repair. thanks for using repairpal. Roy
COMMENT by on April 12, 2011
In terms of seriousness. Is this a relatively minor repair in terms of transmission problems?
COMMENT by on April 12, 2011
yes, this minor assuming i am correct. please get it verified to be sure. Roy
COMMENT by on April 12, 2011
You've at least eased my mind a bit. I love the car, I hate how much it costs for big repairs.
COMMENT by on April 12, 2011
i hear you. it is not cheap to own and maintain a car today. good luck Roy
COMMENT by on April 12, 2011
I just heard from the SAAB dealership, and through our email communications he sent a picture of a radiator and a parts list. it looks nothing like what I described to him. There are 2 lines that run just below the radiator. One is a metal (about 1/2 to 3/4 inch) and the other is about 1 1/2 inches and black. The thought is that it is the metal line leaking. Does this make any sense?
COMMENT by on April 12, 2011
yes it does. thay could be both metal and rubber. get someone to add dye to the trans fluid and use a light to determine the exact line leaking. then you can identify it with your parts list to get the part. Roy