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regarding unknown C230 K leak

Last week I received replies about a leak beneath my C230 K that suggested it was an electrical AT connector. I'm not dismissing that suggestion. However the weather was good enough to take a look underneath today. I didn't get a great view of the connector because I didn't have very good access. Perhaps if I describe what I did see one of you could respond.

There is a metal plate beneath the transmission. There is a small hole drilled into that plate. The mystery liquid is leaking from that hole. The liquid is greenish and has a nondescript "mechanical" smell. Any further ideas? Could it be a leaky cooling line? OR do you stick with the AT electrical connector solution? That plate seems to be bolted in; will it come off easily? I just pray it isn't one of those mega expensive fixes!
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WHAT YOU'RE DESCRIBING IS THE TRANS ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR LEAKING, which is common for the 202 chassis, which is what car you have. That little plate comes off and the connector is under that plate on the front corner of the trans; I dont know what your mileage is, but will tell you thats a common problem for your car. I recomend you take it to a mechanic who knows about Benz cars; if you dont remove the connector correctly, the pin bolt will shear off and you'll be putting in a valve body in your trans, and that will be EXPENSIVE, iF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT ANYTHING, then consult with someone who works on Benz cars, Take care, Ron

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Ron

Thank you very much. I love the photo!

What your suggesting has been the consensus of opinion. I put my car on jacks, took off the plastic protection plate and saw the electrical connector behind the metal plate. I was able to verify that the fluid was coming from the connector. I decided to take it to a qualified mechanic at that point (mainly because I was concerned the whole car would come down on me)

Thanks again for your input.
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Last week I received replies about a leak beneath my C230 K that suggested it was an electrical AT connector. I'm not dismissing that suggestion. However the weather was good enough to take a look underneath today. I didn't get a great view of the connector because I didn't have very good access. Perhaps if I describe what I did see one of you could respond.

There is a metal plate beneath the transmission. There is a small hole drilled into that plate. The mystery liquid is leaking from that hole. The liquid is greenish and has a nondescript "mechanical" smell. Any further ideas? Could it be a leaky cooling line? OR do you stick with the AT electrical connector solution? That plate seems to be bolted in; will it come off easily? I just pray it isn't one of those mega expensive fixes!
kotodama...what yr and how many miles you have??
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It's a 2003 with 70K. Do you have the same problem?
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i have an 03 with 65,000 on it...f*ck that means all i have to do it wait...haha
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Don't worry too much. Mines in the shop now. It's a $120 fix. Enjoy happy motoring in the meantime!
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thanks...finally something that doesnt cost at least $500 to fix!! but yah ill keep it gangster fo' sho'
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