taurus 2007 transmission fluid leak
hi - I've had a trans leak for a while. It seems intermittent. Sometimes it doesn't seem to leak at all. It seems to be worse when it's hot. Sometimes there's a small puddle and sometimes not! Anyway, at 57K miles, I drained it, cleaned the pan and magnet and put on a new filter just in case that had anything to do with it. It didn't.
Today it was leaking so I took a look. The pan is not leaking. There is a sort of rubber gasket where the trans connects to the engine. It's all on the exterior and it looks like it's held on with 2 plastic screws. I can't figure out what is the purpose of this "gasket". It almost seems like the leak is coming from where one of the "screws" is connected. Seems unlikely to me, but I don't see fluid coming from above. I tried to take off the rubber gasket, but I didn't want to break it and un-screwing didn't work.
Anyway, I'm out of ideas. I'd appreciate any ideas that you have. I attached a picture.