I have a 1995 Jeep Cherokee leaking transmission fluid, what's the best course of action?
I have a 1995 Jeep Cherokee with an automatic transmission that leaks transmission fluid. It has 230k miles on it, and seems to be running fine. I notice a few drops of fluid every time I park somewhere. After inspecting it I can tell that it's red, and I know the transmission fluid is red and no other fluids are red so I am pretty sure it's the transmission fluid. I have been adding about a third of a quart of transmission fluid anyway because I can tell it's low by the Jeep suddenly jerking when going into gear. My concern is how much it might cost to repair this vs. the value of the vehicle. As I understand it, there's a seal on the transmission that probably needs to be fixed? Is it something I could do myself? This is the original transmission and it's probably withstood some damage over time due to poor maintenance on my part as well.
If the leak is from the input shaft seal, the trans has to be removed. If it's the output shaft seal, the drive shaft can be disconnected and a new seal installed fairly easily, but like @chucktobias said, you must pinpoint the source of the leak first. A pan gasket or drain plug gasket are very simple to replace.