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It's a water tight system

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I need to replace my transmission cooler lines on my 1995 GMC Jimmy is there just the bolts that hold them to the transmission and radiator or do I have to lift up on the motor or is there clamps ?

All of the transmission fluid can leak out. The cooling lines are there to cool the tranny fluid, and it is circulated through the radiator by means of a pump. If a line is leaking, the pump will just empty the fluid out through the leak. The lines are usually just held in place by clamps to keep them from chafing through against the body or chassis, so replacing them should be quite an easy job. Just undo the bolts that hold them to the box and the radiator, undo however many clamps hold them in place, and reverse the procedure with new pipes.

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Fluids overflow out of my overflow tank after driving a short bit. then i must add more fluids, because even though the guages do not register hot yet, I can see I have lost my fluids.

You need to know where the water is going. Places to look are the freeze plugs on the engine block and heads. A radiator cap that won't hold pressure, a clogged radiator and a stuck thermostat. If there isn't any coolant leaking then the engine is burning it

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Step_1 disconnect inlet (top hose) & outlet bottom) hose. I'm assuming you're replacing a corroded radiator. They now offer copper or plastic radiators that have high resistance to corrosion. If you replace with alluminum or steel radiator, do a flush job yearly with replace with the green radiiator solution or the red one if you replaced with aluminum radiator.
Step_2 disconnect the electric fan. first unhook the wire connection, then loosen the 4 screws that's holding the fan assembly against the radiator.
Step_3 Loosen the bolts holding the radiator unit. When re-attaching the new radiiator, install new hoses as well. Fill the radiator through the pressure relief cap with 60-40 radiator to water mixture. The instructions say 50-50, but 60-40 is a stronger solution that prevents freezing, boiling, & corrosion buildup. It there's a coolant filter, replace this unit as well. It looks like an oil filter cartridge.
Preventive miantainance: Perform a coolant flush every 50K miles. Most car manufacturers recommend 30K miles or 2 years, which ever comes first, but that's to boo$t revenue for car dealership service centers. IMO the max is 70K or 2 years. When you notice the temperature is overheating in the summer months, an engine radiator flush AND replacing the thermostat is the solution. Most shops will say "you need a new water pump" and the scammer had not even performed a diagnostic test. The water pump will last the life of the engine (140K+ miles) unless the car had run dry without radiator fluid. The radiator fluid lubricates the water pump. Running the engine dry (or low of) without radiator fluid damages the water pump. Running tap water instead of 50-50 or 40-60 radiator fluid mixture will also cause premature wear on the water pump because water by itself is insufficient lubricant on the water pump.

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Changed thermostat and radiator but coolant light is still on but thermostat gage says its ok. why would this be & what to do to fix-it?

radiator hold so much fluid engine block holds so much fluid and the resevoir holds so much fluid turn car on let warm open radiator cap when the engine gets warm you will start seeing the fluid move fill till radiator fills up simple
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Radiator fluid how much does radiator hold

It depends on the car. Fill it until its full. Turn the car on and wait until the fluid goes down then top it off and put the cap on

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My engine cooling module or radiator assembly will not hold its fluid. It is back filling into my reserver tank. The fluid makes my reserver tank fluid boil. The gages says that the car is not...

Your radiator might be air bound or clogged. When the car gets up to temperature and the thermostat opens shut the car off and try to feel all the corners of the rad. if its cool in any spot you might need a flush or new radiator. (When thermostat opens let car run for about 5 min before shutting down) Hope this helps

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How do I change the radiator fluid in my 95 cavalier?

OK, turn the car off and use a screwdriver to remove the lower radiator clamp and drain it out there into a wide mouth container that holds a few gallons of fluid.

Then, you can replace the lower radiator hose, and fill with a 50/50 solution of radiator fluid (coolant/antifreeze) of your choice (brand wise).

This method is very good for getting a lot of fluid out quickly since the lower radiator hose is rather large compared to just opening the petcock if so equipped.

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The only way that tranny fluid could get into the radiator is through the transmission cooler, which is inside the radiator. Maybe the replacement rad is NFG. In any case, the torque converter holds a lot of fluid, so just draining the tranny oil pan isn't enough. The torque converter needs draining as well to get all the bad stuff out. You probably just didn't get all of the old fluid out of it. Good luck with that.

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Concerning the heater problem.Sounds like you have an air pocket in the system.To remove the air pocket take off the radiator cap in the morning when the car is cold,fill radiator to top.Start the car.Turn on heater to high.Allow car to run until it gets to operating temperature.Now you will see the fluid in the radiator start to go down.This means the thermostat is opening.As fluid goes down fill radiator to top (with 50/50 antifreeze/water mix).You may have to wait a moment for it to continue to move down.Once it stops and the radiator fluid isnt going down,slowly bring up the rpm's (by either turning the throttle with your hand or have someone put their foot on the gas) to about 2000rpms and hold the rpm's there steady.As you hold the fluid will go down a little more.As it does fill to the top again and quickly put the radiator cap back on while the rpm's are steady at 2000.After the cap is correctly on release throttle.This should remove the air posket.

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