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Volvo s80 water in transmission

I have a Volvo s80 that appears to have developed a transmission problem at 75k miles. The Volvo dealer says oil from the transmission is normally piped around the radiator to cool but this time has, somehow, mingled with the water. Anyone ever heard of this before? Quoting £4000 for a new transmission here! Would a flush and new radiator work?

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  • jimmacl Feb 24, 2009

    thanks - this option is still going to hurt (volvo quote the transmission fluid at £10 a litre, so a couple of flushes could be £150!) Still, better than any £4k option..

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It is not unheard of for the transmission cooler to fail in such a manner that you end up with coolant in your transmission, and transmission fluid in your radiator.

If this just happened recently you can usually just replace the radiator and flush the transmission as you said and be fine.

However water/coolant is extremely harmful to the automatic transmission, it can cause the internal clutches to break down inside it and fail.

If it were my vehicle I would take my chances and get a new radiator installed and flush both the cooling system and the transmission, this will more than likely cure your problem.


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