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You will need the radiator repaired or replaced. There must be a hole between the the transmission radiator cooler and engine radiator, which can be a single unit

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Transmission cooler inside the radiator cracked
i had a case where i replace the radiator and flush 25 qts of trans fluid thrue the transmission

Posted on May 08, 2010

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SOURCE: trans fluid is low(pink and foamy) must increase

your radiator has gone bang.the radiator is devided in two.1 half is coolant and the other half is trans fluid.the trans fluid runs through the radiator to keep it cool before running through the gearbox.whats happened is the shelf inside your rad has collapsed and your coolant has mixed with the trans fluid and gone into your gearbox and vice versa.expensive job,whole strip down sorry to say mate

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