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Old 04-15-2010, 06:03 PM   #1
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Default Transmission cooler/radiator replacement when transmission is bad?

Hello forum members. Long time troller, first time poster.

I need to repalce my tranny in a 1994 SL2. I had hard shifting and no reverse. After trolling the forum and learning, i replaced teh VB and input shaft nut and still get no love. Just a rattle when in park. No reverse. Looks like its time to swap the tranny. A shop I deal with stated that they will only warrantee the tranny if the radiator is replaced too. Something about metal shavings in the tranny cooler/radiator. Truth? Seems to me a simple flush may do the job, but Im not sure, having never done this before.

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Old 04-15-2010, 10:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Transmission cooler/radiator replacement when transmission is bad?

Sounds like they are trolling to make a bigger job out of things. I've dealt with shops rebuilding trannies to hold big torque and have never heard of them requesting such a thing.

If their prices are good and you trust them, I'd just skip the radiator replacement (unless it's old anyway) and go with an aftermarket tranny cooler. Cheap and easy, and even a small one will cool better than the radiator cooler.

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Old 04-16-2010, 08:59 AM   #3
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Default Re: Transmission cooler/radiator replacement when transmission is bad?

Thanks Signmaster. Thats what I thought too. They said the metal shavings will clog the trans cooler because the cooler lines are so small. I think I will check teh fluid for metal shavings and then see what to do from there. As you suggest, aftermarket coolers are a good idea.

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