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1999 Saab 9-5 Question: transaxle cooling line

 

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sastan, Muskegon, MI, April 12, 2011, 07:44
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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?

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    April 12, 2011, 07:46
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    sorry, just answered your other post.

    Roy

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    sastan, April 12, 2011, 07:51
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    Sorry, I didn't get that answer. Can you explain it to me again?

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    mastertech6371, April 12, 2011, 07:54
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    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

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    sastan, April 12, 2011, 07:59
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    In terms of seriousness. Is this a relatively minor repair in terms of transmission problems?

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    mastertech6371, April 12, 2011, 08:13
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    yes, this minor assuming i am correct. please get it verified to be sure.

    Roy

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    sastan, April 12, 2011, 08:18
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    You've at least eased my mind a bit. I love the car, I hate how much it costs for big repairs.

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    mastertech6371, April 12, 2011, 08:36
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    i hear you. it is not cheap to own and maintain a car today. good luck

    Roy

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    sastan, April 12, 2011, 08:47
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    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?

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    mastertech6371, April 12, 2011, 08:54
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    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

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