: Black/Dirty transmission oil

01-22-06, 08:45 AM
Hi everyone, I'm a newbie to the board.

I found a 1979 Coupe Deville with either 53,000 or 153,000 miles. It's $1800.

It's in good condition and there is a small oil leak from one of the seals (about $500 to fix).

The seller serviced the transmisson about a year ago and the car has been sitting in front of his store for about a month. He's only driven it for about 2,000 miles.

Anyway, I'm not good at fixing cars so I had a buddy of mine check it out. The transmission fluid was dirty/black. Would that indicate a major problem? :confused:



01-22-06, 12:24 PM
For starters if its a brownish color and not chunky dirty then its quite possible your tranny fluid getting overcooked, meaning the fluid is not being circulated or cooled correctly, or the torque converter is not functioning properly.

If you find chunks it the pan or a good deal of metallic paste...well start shopping!

Take it to a transmission shop... not the gas station garage... you want specialty work for this type of thing and have them check it out. GL

01-22-06, 04:31 PM
Does it smell burned?