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Transmission oil leaking from radiator - 2001 Hyundai Elantra

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    transmission fluid is leaking into radiator.

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    what can be the problem of transmission oil leaking into radiator

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Either you have loose connections for Transmission cooler in rad, or your tranny cooler in the rad is defective. First, check the transmission lines and connections to the rad. If they are tight you'll have to either replace the rad or put an exterior tranny cooler on your car.

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I just had a leak one mine that dripped onto the exhaust and smoked out the drivers compartment if you sit long enough. It wasn't the fittings themselves. It was a hole on the aluminum line that comes off of the passenger side between the radiator and the rubber lines that are behind the cooling fan. Smaller than a pin hole leak and impossible to see. I plugged the hose and blew into it and I could hear the leak. It rubbed a hole through where the fan bracket connects. Going to try and replace it with steel brake lines.

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The radiator has a transmission and engine oil cooler lines to it too. One of the oil lines are leaking, if you know which one that's have the battle. I believe the transmission line is on the passenger sides and the oil cooler line is on the drivers side. Look at where the lines connect to the radiator and see if there is signs of the leak. You may need to spray it down with brake cleaner if you not sure if it's a new leak or old leak from the accident. Good luck and hope this helps. And what do you mean by rear case gasket?? You mean the gasket that connects the transmission to the transfer case, or the rear O ring yoke gasket.

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