leaking transmission fluid when car has been running for a while. I cannot successfully find the leak. Do I jus continue to add the proper amount of fluid? I am afraid to drive the car!!!!

Asked by Jan 25, 2013 at 10:18 AM about the 2000 Dodge Stratus ES

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2000 dodge stratus over heated on tuesday. my coolant had too much water and froze. Unfroze the coolant with a blow dryer.the car warms up fine however I am leaking a small amount of transmission fluid after my car has been running for awhile. do I continue to add trans fluid and try to drive it to a mechanic? very nervous to drive it!!!

3 Answers

100,685

Leaking a small amount - take a chance if it's a short drive. The transmission has fluid lines that go to the radiator. You may have popped one of those when it froze.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Hold on..you have two questions. If it is leaking just a very small amount, don't be afraid to drive it..but do you mean add coolant or trans fluid? And I REALLY hope i am not reading that you are putting tranny fluid in the radiator.. how cold did it get? 50/50 will protect you down to something like 20 below, even 10% will protect you down to say 20 above. You put a blow dryer right on the radiator? that will work, but it may still be frozen in the block, and if it was 20 below it could crack the block. Physics laws will allow frozen water to break anything, the water, the only known substance that expands when frozen, is unstoppable expansion and will break an iron block, especially in the small passages in the block and head(s) but back to your question. Top off transmission fluid and drive it to mechanic, no worries

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

I forgot about that tenspeed, right on. Pay attention to that one, oney

Your Answer

Stratus

Looking for a Used Stratus in your area?

CarGurus has 710 nationwide Stratus listings starting at $2,995.

ZIP:

Dodge Stratus Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,060
  • #2
    Chris Daigle
    Reputation
    650
  • #3
    curry22
    Reputation
    580
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Dodge Avenger
148 Great Deals out of 4,477 listings starting at $1,500
Used Chrysler Sebring
33 Great Deals out of 2,693 listings starting at $1,000
Used Chevrolet Impala
518 Great Deals out of 33,770 listings starting at $950
Used Honda Accord
1,098 Great Deals out of 61,485 listings starting at $999
Used Ford Mustang
711 Great Deals out of 38,301 listings starting at $895
Used Ford Focus
734 Great Deals out of 52,816 listings starting at $999
Used Dodge Intrepid
260 listings starting at $1,950
Used Dodge Neon
608 listings starting at $2,995
Used Ford Taurus
256 Great Deals out of 16,473 listings starting at $1,850
Used Toyota Camry
1,055 Great Deals out of 71,326 listings starting at $295
Used Honda Civic
825 Great Deals out of 72,772 listings starting at $1,000

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.