1987 Buick Century Leaks

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Transmission problem
1987 Buick Century 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 90000 miles

I hit a rock last week and the other day I noticed the transmission wouldn't shift right. I checked the fluid level and added a quart of transmission fluid. I haven't used the car for a few days and when I went to use it it wouldn't shift right. I went about a mile and returned home. It was slipping real bad and wouldn't make it up a small hill on our driveway. I had to tow it with my Jeep to a level spot. We had to leave for 4 hours with our jeep and when we returned the radiator cap was too hot to check the fluid in it. When I had to tow it up the hill it was overheating so that is why I needed to check the water 1st. The temperature is about 100 degrees and the car is black and it was so hot I decided to wait to check anything.
I did check where the car was parked last night and there was a large oil leak there. I think that rock might have put a hole in the pan or something else. Later I will check the water again and after making sure it is ok I will start the car and let it warm up so I can check the transmission oil. I did check it when cold ant it shows some on the bottom of the dip stick. Should I put more in it before I start the car and get the engine hot or what?

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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008 AT 3:58 PM

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It sounds like you've got two, probably unrelated problems, a transmission leak and overheating engine. With the engine off, the transmission fluid is usually well above the full mark on the dipstick, so if you're just seeing a little, it's nearly empty. So you could add a quart and see if it will shift. But obviously, you can't drive it any distance until you get the cooling problem fixed.

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Monday, August 4th, 2008 AT 12:34 PM

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