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Old 17 May 2012, 01:33 pm
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Two weeks ago I bumped another car. My radiator was broken and all at once my automatic transmission fails. More exactly after I start driving the gear goes neutral. Tried to restart the engine but same problem. Of course i got the radiator fixed.
Can anyone tell me what could have hapenned?
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Old 17 May 2012, 01:46 pm
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Bumped a car? Sounds like more than a bump.

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Old 17 May 2012, 03:21 pm
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you could ahve brok a tranny line and lost all your fluid they do hook to the radiator and use it as a cooler
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Old 17 May 2012, 03:25 pm
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you could ahve brok a tranny line and lost all your fluid they do hook to the radiator and use it as a cooler
Yep!

Two hoses that flank the center just at the bottom of your radiator. That will hold/contain fluid as well as whatever was lost when things got disconnected.

I just really hope that whoever or wherever it was fixed, if they replaced any tranny fluid, they used only ATF+4.
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Old 17 May 2012, 06:25 pm
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These guys are, again, right on.
Automatics have a heat exchanger in radiator-

did you check the fluid (Use owner's manual for instructions)

Obviously, in an accident lots of other things could be damaged, only inspection
and step-by-step troubleshooting per the factory manual can properly diagnose
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Old 17 May 2012, 06:38 pm
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These guys are, again, right on.
Automatics have a heat exchanger in radiator-

did you check the fluid (Use owner's manual for instructions)

Obviously, in an accident lots of other things could be damaged, only inspection
and step-by-step troubleshooting per the factory manual can properly diagnose
Not mine, all of mine have external coolers. My power steering is actually running through the radiator.
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Old 18 May 2012, 09:07 am
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Thx guys for ur comments.. fluid level is alright... the thing is that the shop is saying that the transmission has to be rebuilt... i'm afraid that they are trying to screw me... u know... how can such a problem be caused by bumping a car...!!! tried to replace the solenoid pack with another one but no way changing the situation... i'm desperate... don't know what to do!!
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Old 18 May 2012, 09:53 am
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well i can tell you this--it wont help but is info
I was driving home from church the other night and with NO warning and I mean NOTHING at all i toped a hill and as i started down the other side i steped on the gas and NOTHING the tranny had quit i got the car off the road but it was DOA i had drove to and from work fluid was fresh and full no reason not going fast no racing it just died so i guess any thing can happen
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Old 18 May 2012, 04:42 pm
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Not mine, all of mine have external coolers. My power steering is actually running through the radiator.
That's a "GT" thing. The regular cars use the radiator for the trans cooler. Power steering has it's own cooler.

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Thx guys for ur comments.. fluid level is alright... the thing is that the shop is saying that the transmission has to be rebuilt... i'm afraid that they are trying to screw me... u know... how can such a problem be caused by bumping a car...!!! tried to replace the solenoid pack with another one but no way changing the situation... i'm desperate... don't know what to do!!
Well, it can happen, but those trannies seldom go bad. And because of that, they're a dime a dozen at the salvage yards.

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