One morning last week, I went to drive off in the Golf, and the transmission seized. Apparently it (once again) lost all of its gear oil. I put more gear oil in and got the transmission unseized. Very lucky, but obviously I still have a major leak to find and fix.
- It looked like it was leaking from one of the output shaft seals again. Fed up, I took it to the dealership and had them look at it.
- They said "no", it was actually leaking from the shift tower (on top of the transmission).
- They didn't have the parts in stock (which I just can't understand - these are seals, not hard parts), so I'd have to wait a few days to get the work done.
- I took the car home, changed the seals in the shift tower myself, and the shift rod bearing while I was at it. It was pretty obvious there was nothing wrong there.
- After I refilled the transmission, the thing was blatantly dripping from the output shaft seal like a sieve. Obviously, the dealership was wrong. The oil on top of the transmission was only from it flinging up tangentially as the axle spins. Glad I did it myself or it would have been a waste of $300 instead of $50.
- Coolant very low (almost empty)
- Dripping oil from rear valve cover
- Low brake fluid
- Torn driver side CV boot
- Last I knew, this car had some serious problems with not starting and running rough in moist, cold weather (seems like an ignition issue, but could also be fuel pump or pressure issue)
The CV joint I'll run until it's ready to break. It's not cost effective to change boots these days, and it's the same amount of work to replace the entire axle.
I did some research and found the rear valve cover gasket is a real big deal. Involves removal of intake manifold, replacement of that gasket, and a bunch of other seals and gaskets that might as well be changed while you're in there. Not to mention it will be at least a 5 hour job - most likely a whole day for me. I haven't done any real work on the Probe in a long time, mostly because with the V6 everything is crammed so tightly into that engine bay that it's even less enjoyable to work on than the VW TDI (if that's possible).
For now I'm just happy to have some mobility without a rental car.