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Old 11-06-2018, 06:52 PM   #1
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Default 98 sl2 transmission coolant line issue?

First let me start by saying I am definitely not a mechanic. My daughters 98 had a bad radiator and transmission coolant lines. I replaced those and the thermostat and ects. So this morning my transmission is bone dry. My question is can you put the coolant lines in the wrong port? It ran awesome and no problems for a week. Maybe it's just a fluke?

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Old 11-07-2018, 10:31 AM   #2
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Is it bone dry or just not registering on the dipstick? If you don't have transmission fluid in your coolant or coolant in your transmission fluid then you should be fine. There is no way to cross any lines and the only way to get those fluids to mix is if you have a bad trans cooler in the new radiator. If you were only a quart or two low on trans fluid I would top it off and keep an eye on it. Between replacing the lines and the cooler you will have some fluid loss.

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Old 11-07-2018, 05:36 PM   #3
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Default Re: 98 sl2 transmission coolant line issue?

Hi Casper. Thanks for the reply. No fluid in the wrong place so I'm good there. I pulled the dipstick and it was bone dry. I added a quart and let it sit overnight. I'm going to check it again in a few minutes I just got out of work.

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Old 11-07-2018, 07:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: 98 sl2 transmission coolant line issue?

I was never a fan of those snap in lines in the transmission. I doubt you are bone dry, I suspect you have a leak and at least two quarts leaked out. The dip stick does not go to the complete bottom of the transmission pan. To get a correct reading the car should be driven prior to warm it up, then to check the fluid you need to have the engine running with transmission in park to measure correctly. The valve body and torque converter all hold fluid, you cannot get an accurate reading with the engine cold and not running. If you where bone dry the car would not shift, I suspect you are down two - three quarts. Keep us posted.

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Old 11-07-2018, 09:34 PM   #5
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So a bit of an update. Got back to work on the car and looking at it one of the clips was cracked in half so I really hope there is a way to get new ones as I haven't found them yet
The other concern I have is I pulled both lines off and I may have had them backwards as it seems one goes in easier. Also it gives me a bit more room between the transmission filter. There is also a possibility that I put the plastic clips on incorrectly. Any thoughts?

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Old 11-07-2018, 09:53 PM   #6
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Old 11-07-2018, 11:00 PM   #7
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Default Re: 98 sl2 transmission coolant line issue?

The white plastic clips are Dorman 800-005 Quick Disconnect clips, 5/16". They are also called, "retaining clips," on the same box.

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Old 11-08-2018, 10:57 AM   #8
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So a bit of an update. Got back to work on the car and looking at it one of the clips was cracked in half so I really hope there is a way to get new ones as I haven't found them yet
The other concern I have is I pulled both lines off and I may have had them backwards as it seems one goes in easier. Also it gives me a bit more room between the transmission filter. There is also a possibility that I put the plastic clips on incorrectly. Any thoughts?
There are a couple of good sources for the clips above. Even if you did manage to get the lines backwards it would only change the way that the fluid circulates through the cooler. It will flow either way just the same. If you aren't having any noticeable leaks then that probably isn't your reason for being low on fluid. Like said before if you were bone dry the car wouldn't move. Get the trans hot and check it with the engine running and in park. Adjust the fluid as needed. Then keep an eye on it to see if you have a problem. If you broke a clip then replace it with a suggestion from above.

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Old 11-08-2018, 06:52 PM   #9
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Default Re: 98 sl2 transmission coolant line issue?

Thank you everyone so much for all of your help. I have general auto knowledge and can figure most things out and I just keep on plugging away until I get it right. I'll get those lines and the transmission figured out this weekend and hopefully my new motor mounts will arrive tomorrow as I have to change all of them. I've never done them before but it looks to be pretty cut and dry. I'm not ashamed to say that youtube has been my teacher for my repairs so far. I really appreciate the help that you guys have given me so far it means a lot. Also a huge thank you for not knocking me doing it myself. I've had more than a few people tell me I should take it to a shop if I haven't done it before.

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Old 11-12-2018, 09:11 AM   #10
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Morning folks! I am very happy to say that I got the transmission coolant line situation figured out. I was actually able to locate the clips I needed at one of the older parts places for next to nothing. Turns out I just hadn't pushed one of them in quite far enough. I called a buddy of mine and explained the situation and he came over and got it to go in like 2 seconds. Thank you so much everyone!

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Old 11-13-2018, 09:26 PM   #11
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They do not resemble the plastic clips at all.

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