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Unread 05-07-2015, 07:01 PM   #1
Patrice01
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Transmission oil lignt?

Hello
I hope I'm in the right forum section to ask.
I have a 2006 grand Cherokee Laredo with a reddish oil leak. I'm thinking its transmission oil. Anyway, the way the vehicle is made there is no dip stick to check the level and my appointment at the garage is only next week.

Does anyone know if a light will show on my dashboard is transmission level gets too low? I don't know much about mechanic and just want to make sure I can use the jeep for grocery this weekend without damaging it.

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Unread 05-08-2015, 03:46 AM   #2
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There wont be an oil light, and that red leak could be coolant as well, they're the same colour. The oil from the transmission is thicker in appearance though.
If it feels like you are driving on ice, this means the transmission is slipping. You wont really do any damage to it unless its slipping. If the leak is a couple drops on the drive way then I think it's safe to use, but if it's leaving a puddle. You shouldnt drive it.
To check the oil level in your transmission is pretty complicated if you dont know what you're doing, and the only way to check it is to drive it anyways.
Best thing might be to take it to your mechanic and have him check it, and add more fluid if necessary, if you really want to drive it this weekend.
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Unread 05-08-2015, 07:03 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply
It is leaking quite a bit but no slipping.
Last time I had it cheek I was told the thermostat housing needs to be replace. Maybe that add weight to your coolant theory?
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Unread 05-08-2015, 07:19 AM   #4
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Check the trans lines where they go into the radiator (passenger side, middle of radiator). Common leak point. If the line is covered with gunk, there is your leak. Both our WKs have this leak.
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Unread 05-08-2015, 07:26 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by msully725
Check the trans lines where they go into the radiator (passenger side, middle of radiator). Common leak point. If the line is covered with gunk, there is your leak. Both our WKs have this leak.
^that was the first thing i replaced on my WK when i bought it.
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