Jim Grant's Tech Tips
94 Hyundai Excel transmission leak
I have a '94 Hyundai Excel and I just found out that it has a transmission
leak.I was told to get some transmission "stop leak" to see
if it would work.Do I need to drain all the transmission fluid out first
and then fill completely with the stop leak or only drain half and fill
the other half with stop leak? And how do I drain the transmission fluid?
Any help will be GREATLY appreciated!
is some advice you take with a grain of salt. There is some you take and
run, as far away from that advice as possible. Whatever you do "do
not" put any such additive in your vehicle's automatic transmission!!!!
I cannot think of any quicker way to cost yourself money than to do such
a thing! It may be easier to understand if you know the basic theory of
those types of additives. The thought is that a transmission oil leak
is due to a hardened oil seal. The rubber sealing surface of oil seals
do harden and shrink with time. When this occurs the seal will lose the
ability to conform and allow for movement of the sealing area, resulting
in an oil leak. These magic additives are designed to soften and swell
the oil seal. Here's where this concept falls on its face. If only one
seal is leaking what happens to the many other in the transmission that
are not leaking when the additive is used? The internal oil seals of an
automatic transmission have no room to swell and, by design, are not allowed
to move/flex like the external oil seals. In an automatic transmission
what might be good for one seal design isn't always good for the other.
I suggest having your oil leak diagnosed first. The repair may be as simple
as a new oil pan gasket or axle seal. Pouring the magic in may make more
come out of your checking account.