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Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:43 pm 
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Has this happend to anyone else? The car is an EF2. I would say the radiator has s**t its self and the trans fluid has leaked into the coolent :x The radiator is a reco'd natrad 14months old :cry: I have never heard of it happening before and just want to know how common it is.
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Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:54 pm 
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how would this happen?

do u have the tranny cooler that runs through the radiator like in my ef?

 

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Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2008 8:55 pm 
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I have seen it before, was a while ago but cant remember if it was a ford or not

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:06 am 
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be careful as if water gets into the trans fluid it can eat away at the synthetic parts of the gearbox...
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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 1:32 pm 
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Yeah I had this. F***ed my auto. Cost me $1850 just for Auto then $140 for new radiator. I then bypassed radiator and put after market trans cooler in. Was on special at Repo for $118. It was the biggest they had.

 

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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:55 pm 
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Sounds like the Natrad reco wasn't as good as it should have been and a seam has opened up.
The car should not be driven and the radiator should be replaced NOW, Steven13 gives the reason why.
If you need to buy time, bypass it with a cooler as Steven13 did and plug up/cap the tran fluid holes in the radiator. [Better/easier if you have a factory cooler already fitted, just get trans. fluid hose lengths fron Bursons etc.]
Coolant will burst through the bad seam and pour out of the open tran fluid holes, you'll save the tranny but may cook the motor, no gain there.
Probably cheaper to just get a radiator first then fit a cooler, depends what you can get quickest.
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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:37 pm 
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Thanks for the replys fella's. It has a trans cooler but it looks to be a little smaller then a DVD case in size, is this big or small. as far as I know it was fitted in 96 with a towing package from ford. Will that be enough to cool the trany if I bypass the radiator? Should I change to oil in the trany. Thanks........David
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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:02 pm 
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I believe the Ford coolers were meant to assist the radiator based cooling in a towing scenario, not replace it. A larger aftermarket cooler would be better for a permanent change or hard, hot use.
For emergency use, with average driving conditions, it should suffice IMO.
If you want to bypass the radiator, leave the nuts in and some pipe on the radiator fittings when you cut the tran fluid pipes. It's easier to seal them up with a bolt, a piece of hose and small hose clamps than find caps for the radiator fittings.
It's probably wise to replace the fluid and internal filter, depends on if you can check its condition.
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Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:12 pm 
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Thanks mate, I think I will just get a new radiator :wink:
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Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:18 am 
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Best move for sure,
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