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All of a sudden gushing tranny fluid from under radiator in front of car?

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This sounds like a trany hose may have brust or the metal part of line broke or rusted, there are two lines from the trany to radiator, these lines carry trany oil from trany to radiator inside radiator is a small copper tank, the oil flows through the tank to cool trany oil, clean area best you can then start engine and watch for leak lines can be replaced,

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