I have a small leak on my 2012 Mazda 6i. I think it's from the cooler lines somewhere given that it accumulates around the front of the car on the passenger side and it covers all the level surfaces/nooks and crannies towards the bottom. I can't find where exactly it's leaking but I suspect it's transmission related and not power steering. I came back from an 8 hour round trip drive from this weekend and I noticed it yesterday.
Any tips on checking the transmission fluid? Should I drive around to get it up to temp and then check, just start it up and let it idle for a bit and then check it, or check it cold and dead reckon what it would be if it was up to temp? (Probably not a good idea doing the latter
) .... or just check it cold and go with that? I don't know if they have it labelled for hot and cold full :P (Reaching down by the exhaust to get to the dipstick sounds terrible.)
The car is still driving fine, some shifts are smoother than others, depending on how I'm accelerating. Nothing to be concerned about regarding shift feelyness. It's a slow leak, so I reckon I can drive it for a little while to and from work until I get a day I can work on it (It's supposed to rain all weekend).
...Also, are there any dipstick accessories or attachments that would be good for not having to detach the 10... or 8 mm bolt everytime and just check like I did in my LeSabre? Thanks!