I am new to the forum so thank you in advance for any help I truly appreciate it.
I have a 2013 LEAF with 50,000 miles on it I bought it used during COVID and hardly drove it. I drove it a lot this past summer and use the AC. My car was recently in tbhe body shop to fix the back bumper that I dinged and made a crack.
When I got it out of the body shop I noticed a white powder residue in the car that was in the air vents in the front dash I also started noticing that the car was making a noise when driving or accelerating but not when I stopped or was idle. The noise was getting louder and I brought it back to the body shop they said it was not due to them. I brought it to a mechanic that specializes in EV cars.
They wrote this:
"I verified the noise during a test drive. I raised the vehicle and found that the noise is not coming from any of the wheels, but rather from the tranaxle assembly. I removed the fill plug to check the fluid level. The fluid was full, but in poor condition. Also, the fill plug has a magnet on the end, which was covered in metal from the inside of transmission. This metal is from whatever part inside failed. Recommend replacing the transaxle assembly."
Pics from mechanic here of the fill plug:
The mechanic said this is very rare to see this -
the price he quoted is thousands $$$$ - way more then I have and that was with used parts.
Now as I research this forum I'm thinking maybe the fluid needs to be drained or there's another option???
I have never did any fluid maintenance in the few years I had the car.
This is my only car, I am not handy. The only other shop in town can't even look at it till Oct. 22. Any ideas please?
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE !!!