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Antifreeze in transmission,

I took my 2000 town n country into a repair shop for a scheduled maintnence,oil change,rad flush, transmission flush,I took a short trip 400 miles It started making noises, I took it into a shop he test drove it it started smoking,he took it back opened the hood, transmission fluid was spurting out the fill hole he checked it said there was shavings and water in the fluid, I took it to a lube shop the reflushed it changed the filter which hadnt been chaned,and found about 6oz of antifreeze, the noise stopped so mfar but it slips,my question is how did the antifreeze get in the tranny, please email me at beachb60@hotmail.com thank you

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You could possibly have a internal crack in the radiator, this is not un herd of because the transmission cooler is the side tank of the radiator, they are separated by a internal metal divider and its possible for the radiator to crack forcing antifreeze into the transmission cooler section of the radiator, because of the timing of this incident i would not stray from human error as a major possibility, but its not impossible for this to happen on its own and i have seen it before, its also possible they did not change the fluid in the flush machine from a previous job (that had water in the fluid) i would recheck the tranny fluid now and make sure its not watered down and overfilled, also be sure your coolant is not low, if these check out, then your shop owes you a brand new transmission and thats great because they aren't the best ones on the market and have a high failure rate anyway, best of luck to you and please rate this solution -Jeff

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I have not looked up your model, however if your model has a tranny cooler mounted inside the radiator (and I mean inside, not in front or behind) then the coolant flush could have forced coolant into the tranny fluid lines, IF there was a hole, crack, corrosion, etc. in the tranny cooler.

Best fix would be to not drive the car, replace or repair the radiator ( I would replace).

Best of luck,

Hopefully you are not too far gone, and this will not be too expensive.

Brian

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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Well, if it was coming out from the garage, it means that some new kid at the garage was probably in charge of replacing the transmission fluid, and he grabbed the wrong can.

There is no hose that connects the coolant liquid can to transmission box, this sounds like an human error.

Go back to the garage and complain, possibly bring proof of what you are saying, as the whole thing is really hard to believe.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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    More: Even if some liquid for some strange reason, can have leaked into trans box, you are telling there where 6oz of antifreeze inside, after spurting out and burning the most of it in a 400 miles trip!

    That is not few drops coming from radiator hose.

    I still think that probably transmission fluid had been topped up with antifreeze.

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It almost sounds like they hooked up the antifreeze flushing device to the the hoses that go to the transmission cooler. sometimes they are seperate sometimes they go directly to the radiator thru fittings on the side. but they are SEPERATE. if the shop has flushed your transmission with antifreeze i would be contacting them to cover the cost of the replacement transmission that you will need shortly.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2008

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    Further to this .... go to a mechanic that you trust and have him/her show you where the transmission cooler is located. it's obvious (to me) that the flushing machine for the radiator was hooked to the wrong fittings. be that as it may replacing the transmission fluid and filter is not going to fix the problem....the damage is done.... the transmission will fail.



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