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Tran.leak in the cooling line though the radiator

Tran.leak in the cooling line though the radiator system

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If your getting coolant introduced to transmission fluid or vise-versa, you need to change rad & make sure you flush both cooling system & especially transmission thoroughly a.s.a.p. before it takes out the transmission, if damage hasn't already been done.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

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    have you this very often? This is exactly what happened to my2006 Buick LaCcrosse

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Change ur radiator and flush ur cooling system

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