I have an '80 Volare that has leaked from a shift lever seal since the day the car was new. It still leaks to this day but I have never had to add any fluid and it's still full.
A little seepage is normal and nothing to get too excited about. If it's going to start leaking worse, that isn't going to be due to driving it so go ahead and try it. Also, after three years you can assume some fluid drained out of the torque converter, (if you have an automatic), so the level in the pan would have gone way up, possibly high enough to reach a seal where the fluid doesn't normally reach. That can overload a seal that normally just has to keep vapors in and dirt out.
Sunday, March 25th, 2012 AT 6:32 PM