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My car is overheating. i got water in my transmission, and transmission fluid in my water. is it my radiator? can my transmission cooling lines be backwards? my car is not smoking and no water is comming from my tailpipe and im not losing motor oil. plus my compression is holding so im hoping my gasket is still good. my car is a 2000 plymoth neon 2.0 with a/c

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Sounds like the transmission cooler tank with in the radiator has gone bad, the transmission lines can go on either way, does not matter, replace radiator and have cooling system flush and have a transmission flush also done.

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