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1998 Ford Club xlt, tranny fluid leak in the coolant.

My E 350 van has tranny fluid in the coolant water, I installed a new
radiator, it still leaks. whats next to do?

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  • Chuck Martin
    Chuck Martin May 11, 2010

    Are you sure it is tranny fluid? Could it be oil instead? What engine is this? Reason I ask is it could be equipped with an oil cooler.

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    Leaks a little fluid from underneath but everything else woks fine.

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The lines for the transmission cooler run to the reservoir on one side of the radiator, correct? You may have gotten a bad radiator and the trans cooler is allowing the fluids to mix.

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This could be a multitude of things:

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Cooling fan not coming on.

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Coolant: If low, simply fill with distilled water and coolant. Low levels will let engine over heat.

Radiator: If there are cold-to-the-touch spots on the radiator after it should be warmed up, then a clogged is probably occuring. Have radiator flushed.

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