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Old 03 Feb 2012, 01:13 am
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Just had a "buddy" come and change my radiator on my '01 non-turbo and leave with the job half done, so I went out and put everything back together (he SAID that everything was hooked up on the radiator, trans cooler hoses, etc). when I dropped the car back down and started it everything was cool except there was a solid, seemingly high pressure stream of red ATF fluid shooting straight down onto the ground, coming from the driver's side.. I tried checking to see if they're connected, and it looks like they are. I'm not sure, because of the big mounting plate the radiator sits on; it's in the way of my line of sight. Just wondering if I have a leak in my ATF lines or one's just not connected; a picture or diagram of the hoses correctly connected would be great if anyone has one. Thanks!

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Old 03 Feb 2012, 06:37 am
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Dakota,

You need to get the car on the lift or into the air and see where the ATF fluid is coming from. It'll be obvious that one of the lines wasn't properly secured after your "friend' left it half undone. Might be as simple as tightening the line but you gottta get under the car to find out.
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Old 03 Feb 2012, 11:26 am
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id say if a LINE Was UNHOOKEd it would have drained the tranny in a HUrry sounds like it is just lose
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Old 03 Feb 2012, 03:39 pm
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ok, so it looks like I got the leak to stop, the end of the hose was messed up and wouldn't make a good seal no matter how tight the clamp was, so I just cut off the end and reclamped it. Now I just need to know whether to use Dexon/Mercron or Type F fluid... i've heard it's type F but i'm not absolutely sure
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Old 03 Feb 2012, 03:45 pm
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If it was trans fluid that you lost, here's a link to the approved ATF+4 brands that you should use.

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Old 03 Feb 2012, 03:49 pm
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is going out and buying the atf4 absolutely necessary? I am going to burn this car to the ground once i get to washington anyway so is type F or dexon/mercron really going to kill the trans?

I've had a couple cruisers that were real nice but I've been doing nothing but fixing this one since i bought it for 2k, this one's gotta go, it's costing me more money and grief than it's worth, but for now It's my daily driver
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Old 03 Feb 2012, 04:01 pm
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The No#1 reason for Chrylser trans problems is using the wrong type fluid. How long does it take for problems to show up .....I don't know.

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ATF+4 Using the wrong stuff cost more than it's worth. Go buy store brand ATF+4 and save yourself & the next owner some grief!
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