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My 2001 Ford Expedition has over 150,000 miles. the truck gradually starting slowing down and would not go over 65 MPH one day. Eventually, it stopped at 20 MPH, we took it to a garage they replaced the alternator and the radiator at a price of $1050 and we were told everything was brand new. The same day we picked the truck up, it started leaking oil and transmission fluid everywhere we went. Two weeks later, the truck started fine, but when I put on drive it would not move. There was not a lick of transmission fluid left and it was caked in all over the engine. We are now told that we need a brand new transmission at a cost of $3,000. Where did we go wrong and what do we do now.

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Was the problem solved by replacing the alternator and the radiator? The loss of fluids indicates that the transmission coolant lines were not re-fitted properly when the radiator was removed. First of all you need to check just how bad the damage is to the transmission. Drive the front of the car onto ramps and engage the parking brake. You will need a plastic tray. wipe the splashed fluid from the underside of the engine transmission...work out which unions etc are the source of fluid loss. There is an auxiliary cooling radiator for the transmission fluid in front of the main engine coolant radiator. Check the unions at every point. Now to the underside of the transmission. If fitted with a drain plug put the plastic tray beneath it and remove the plug. Remove the peripheral bolts for the transmission pan and empty fluid contents into the tray. Take care not to damage the gasket as you will be able to reuse it if not broken. Next remove the transmission ribbed metal filter. Ok now check the fluid. Good fluid looks like cherry cola. If yours is dark brown and smells acrid this is due to cooked clutch brake bands. Wipe the interior of the transmission pan with a paper kitchen towel. If there is a dull grey past this due to transmission casing wear. If there are gritty shiny pieces this is due to bearing and tooth wear. Replace the filter with a new one, reinstall the transmission pan, ease the car off the inspection ramps and park on level ground. You will need about 6 quarts (litres) of appropriate transmission fluid...check with a Ford dealer on the right type for your particular transmission model. With the aid of funnel top up the transmission fluid via the transmission dip stick tube. After adding about 4 quarts start the engine and engage 'neutral'. Add fluid at about a pint at a time checking the fluid level between top ups with the dip stick. When at maximum level leave the car at idle and check to see if any of the transmission line unions are dripping from under the car. If you can engage drive take the car to a reputable auto transmission specialist, tell them what has happened, tell them what you have done and give them samples of what you have drained. Ask them to assess whether the transmission can be adjusted to take up the wear. Also ask them to assess the damage and an estimate for repair or replacement. Ask them if the actions of the first garage were appropriate repair steps and whether the repair was actually carried out properly. All of this may give you ammunition to go back to the first garage to claim for compensation for either inappropriate action and/or for incompetence. If your original symptoms were due to transmission slipping this might have been due just to low fluid levels. If the fluid looked good then a simple top up ($50) would have been all that was required. A full transmission service with fluid and filter change might have been $150 - $200.

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The radiator that was put in has transmission and I believe oil cooling lines running thru it. If the mechanic did not put new orings in it they will leak.Sounds like to me you need to first see if the lines at the radiator were leaking, if they were then take it back to the garage and tell them they owe you a new transmission. People shouldn't be penalized for the mistake of thier mechanics.
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