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Lose reverse when after it runs a while

I lose reverse when it runs a while, and the tranny lines into the radiator get very hot

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The radiator might not be cooling the transmission enough,fan clutch,or radiator might need to be replaced,also,have a filter and fluid change on the transmission .If this was helpful,please rate thank you.

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