My 2005 Town and Country has 130k+ miles. The engine has been squeaking, and I assumed that a belt was worn and needed replacing. The dealer confirmed that the serpentine belt was worn.
After authorizing the belt replacement, the dealer now claims that the a/c condenser is leaking "fluid" (supposedly transmission fluid) onto the serpentine belt and that the leaking fluid is also causing the squeak.
Having done some research, I think I understand that the transmission cooler is intergrated into the a/c condenser (so there could be a liquid leak). However, I also think that the condenser is physically located in front of the radiator. So, I am having trouble understanding how a condenser leak could result in fluid finding its way onto the serpentine belt. Am I missing something?
Assuming there is a small leak in the transmission fluid cooler portion of the condenser, how big a problem is the leak? For example, can I just keep an eye on the transmission fluid level?
A lot of times a squeaky belt can be caused by a faulty tensioner. If the oil is leaking onto the belt then that leak absolutely must be fixed if you want a good car. Its not the condensor leaking trans oil. The condensor is for the A/C and it can leak oil, but only a tiny amount untill the refrigerant runs out, then it cant leak anymore.