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Old 07-27-2011, 08:01 PM
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my truck has recently been acting out it goes into harsh gears especially when i come to a stop and i try to accelerate n the engine revs for a few seconds n then the trani goes into a really hard gear. i checked my coolant n its really slimy a red color and the trans fluid is pink it seems like its mixed with water any ideas???
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:07 PM
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The tranny cooler inside the radiator is busted
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:20 PM
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Same thing I'm thinking.
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:24 PM
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X2 get you a new radiator
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:06 PM
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new radiator and trans flush.
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Old 07-30-2011, 04:40 AM
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nice same thing i was thinking cus the radiator is cracked!!! just wanted some opinions but thanxs for the help ama work on that asap!!! but how much time do u guys think i have before it totally messes up cus its my daily driver to work???
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Old 07-30-2011, 05:26 AM
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i wouldn't push it to much if the tranny fluid is getting to thin it could end up burning up all the clutches and stuff inside the tranny causing you to need a new one or to rebuild the one that is in your truck....

if you need to you can go and get a tranny cooler from another vehicle and hook it up in place of the cooler in the radiator and plug off the trans cooler in the radiator.... flush cooling system and tranny and it should hold you til you get the chance to change it back to oem....
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:49 AM
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umm don't drive it unless you change the tranny fluid at least daily...lol.
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Old 07-30-2011, 11:53 AM
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umm don't drive it unless you change the tranny fluid at least daily...lol.

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Old 07-30-2011, 03:33 PM
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It's too late for your tranny. The Glycol in the coolant will eat the glue that holds the friction material to your clutch plates. You can change your radiator and cross your fingers, but your tranny will still fail in a short amount of time. Sorry for the bad news.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:52 PM
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THANX!! but how does a bad radiator leak into the trani and how can i find the lines that go to it??
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:52 AM
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If you tell us what year, trim, and engine, we can tell you where to look
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:56 AM
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THANX!! but how does a bad radiator leak into the trani and how can i find the lines that go to it??
The rad is made of (usually) 2 or 3 cores and one of them is separate from the rest and that's what your trans fluid runs through to cool it down. One (or more) of the cores obviously broke open and caused the coolant to mix with the transmission fluid. The lines coming into the rad will be small probably 3/8" line.
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Old 07-31-2011, 05:46 PM
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its a 2000 3.0..... just to get things straight transmission fluid runs thru the radiator in its seperate core? and having my radiator corroded is causing the both fluids, water and trans fluid to mix? right. and thanks for all the help
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:50 AM
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Yes, If it's fixed immediately upon happening, you sometimes can save the tranny, antifreeze in your transmission kills it in very short order. Don't drive it until it's fixed unless you have a spare transmission lying around, but be forewarned you've probably already cooked that transmission if you have noticed a driveability issue.
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