Chevrolet Lumina Transmission Oil Line
How to Diagnose Chevrolet Lumina Transmission Oil Line Issues
The only time you'll need to replace a transmission oil line is when it's leaking fluid. Driving with a leaky oil line can get you on the fast track to a lighter wallet. Less fluid means less lubrication, which can be the springboard for all sorts of internal damage. The oil also works as a coolant and helps keep the engine compartment from turning into an oven. As friction and heat increase, your transmission parts will suffer from accelerated wear and tear. Save yourself from a steep bill on your Chevrolet Lumina by observing your car and watching out for these symptoms:
If you notice drops or tiny puddles of pink or red fluid after your car has been parked for a while, then you've got cause for concern. To make sure, try laying a sheet of newspaper under your car after you park it for the night. Even better, use aluminum foil so you can see approximately how much oil you're losing and how bad the leak is.
The scent of something burning
Sometimes, a leaky oil line won't leave a puddle. This is because the oil never reaches the ground. Instead, it may have landed on the engine block or some other hot surface where it burns up. If you notice the smell of something burning while driving in your Chevy Lumina, this could be why.
Since the transmission oil doubles as a coolant, overheating is one sign of a bad oil line. If steam rising from under your hood is beginning to be a common occurrence, inspect along the length of the oil line and its connections for any signs of oil leaking out.
Rapid loss of transmission oil
This is one of the reasons why you should routinely check on your car's fluid levels. On one hand, you can tell if the transmission fluid needs replacing, and on the other hand, it's another way to catch a leak before it causes damage to your Chevrolet Lumina. Watch out for odd and frequent drops in the amount of transmission fluid.