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Old 09-28-2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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2000 e46 GM Auto Tranny Spews Oil!!!???

My GM-Auto-Trans 2000 323i will randomly shoot oil (ridiculous amounts) from the AT area. Its like someone almost poured 1/2 a qt or more on the floor. It happens ONLY when you start it from cold and ONLY when you put it in reverse. It doesn't happen all the time but happens once every 4-5 starts. The car runs fine, everything seems okay except that it shoots 1/2qt on the floor in seconds.

I've smelled the oil - its reddish-black and is def not engine oil (No leaks from the PS hoses either)

What the hell is going on? It seems to come from the top of the trans and is definitely not the AT pan seal.

Since this has bene happening for a while I almost always make somebody else start the car cold and put it in reverse. But it never happens until the car starts moving!!!

It stops leaking in 30-45 seconds and wont leak again till the next cold start.

Mechanic has no idea and says that maybe its time to change the transmission. Seems like some seal is blown somewhere.

Has anyone seen this before?

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