My 1997 f-150 truck transmission started to give me problems
The trans cooler went bad in the radiator and put water into the transmission. I drained the torque converter and changed out the filter and fluid after taking the truck for a short ride between 1st and 2nd the shift was hard but seemed to get better after starting and stopping several times.
I later took the truck for a longer drive and started to hear a whine soon after the truck came to a stop but still had some reverse and after sitting for 20-30 minutes would go forward but only about a 1/4 mile started the noise again and came to a halt. I'm wondering if this is a converter problem or tranny problem?
Re: my 1997 f-150 truck transmission started to give me...
It's a tranny problem the anti-freeze in the coolant destroyed the clutches in the tranny and all of the seals. This is a very bad problem the clutch material and the seals in that tranny are not made to stand up to the anti-freeze. The converter is less affected by because it not in the sealed housing of the tranny.
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your transmission fluid lines run thru the radiator's transmission cooling cell. When the radiator springs an internal leak, it contaminates the trans fluid with coolant/water mix, giving it the milky pink appearance. Replace radiator and flush transmission.
I'm sure you mean coolant is in the trans.Your transmission cooler is leaking(it is built in to the radiator,and collant is pushing its way into the stream of trans fluid,probably when you turn off the engine hot,because the cooling system is still under pressure,and the trans isn't).The transmission might be OK after the radiator is replaced,but to give it a fighting chance,you need to find a shop that has a transmission flushing machine.This machine will replace ALL of the fluid,unlike the old standard of dropping the pan,draining whatever fluid comes out,and replacing the filter.
Very likely that the oil you have found in the radiator is transmission fluid. There is a built in transmission cooler that is inside one of the radiator tanks. If the cooler fails, trans fluid will get into the coolant and when shut off, coolant can migrate into the transmission. You need to replace the radiator and then drain and replace the trans fluid. You cannot drain all the fluid (pan removal only gets rid of about half) so it's best to do that once using a low priced but proper grade of fluid, run it for about an hour, then drain again and re-fill with a better quality fluid. (also not a bad idea to use some lucas trans conditioner in there). Hopefully, you haven't damaged the transmission, otherwise you may be looking at a rebuild.
The radiator has a trans cooler built in to it. The trans cooler is apparently bad and leaking trans fluid into the radiator coolant. You need a new radiator and a complete cooling system flush along with a trans flush. If you continue to operate the vehicle you take the chance of damaging the engine and transmission. Your looking at a minimum of $400 to replace the radiator and flushing both systems. But a transmission replacement can cost upwards of $3000 or more not to mention engine damage. Have this done asap.
Water in transmission is a bad radiator and it needs to be replaced or you can by pass the radiator and buy a transmission cooler instead of running the transmission fluid through the radiator. The transmission cooler is built in to the radiator on the passenger side, the high line is on the top and the return will be on the bottom. Good luck and hope this helps.
Any trans oil in the radiator? If so, likely the trans cooler inside your radiator has split and you are getting intermix between cooling system and transmission. Do not drive it and have it repaired asap or you will damage the transmission if that has not happened already.