Re: Leaking ATF near the flywheel
So, it was a main transmission bearing. $3k. The shop guys took the car apart and were surprised to see it pulled out (or unscrewed?).
They said they've never seen something like that before. They thought that maybe I tow boats with the minivan or something.
What I suspect happened is this:
I park on a relatively steep drive way. My parking brake hasn't worked in a while. First I erased it because I was driving with it on, then when I tried to tighten it through the little access window in the hub, it would either always rub, or not hold the car on the driveway in neutral. So, I gave up and left it as is, allowing P to hold it in place.
Every time I drive up the driveway, I put it in Park, and let go of the brake pedal, I feel the car kind of sag back and slightly bump on whatever is holding it in place in the transmission. After a few years of that, plus the hard ski trip and trying to get out of a snow bank did the transmission seal/bearing in.