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Old 04-05-2006, 05:37 PM
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Transmission oil cooler

I've read this thread with interest and appreciation of the combined expertise available here. Does my 1985 300D (617.952 engine) have a combined engine-transmission cooler like the 1983 300SD in the thread? It looks to me like my transmission has a separate cooler, mounted just to the left (driver's side) of the engine's radiator. The two appear to be a single manufactured unit but as separate components. How would one leak into the other?

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I've read this thread with interest and appreciation of the combined expertise available here. Does my 1985 300D (617.952 engine) have a combined engine-transmission cooler like the 1983 300SD in the thread? It looks to me like my transmission has a separate cooler, mounted just to the left (driver's side) of the engine's radiator. The two appear to be a single manufactured unit but as separate components. How would one leak into the other?
Your transmission cooler is identical to the 300SD. It's in the lower section of the radiator. The separate cooler that you refer to is the engine oil cooler. There is no possibility of the engine oil cooler leaking into the radiator. The lines to and from the cooler do all of the leaking necessary..........
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:30 PM
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Bad news I finially put about 100 miles on the car and I could see just barely see some cloudness in the trans fluid. Not pink milk like before, but not transparent red. It had a very very slight cloudiness to it. I could not notice it on the dipstick, but had drained some from the pan into a clear glass jar and that's when I noticed it. So due to my paranoia of the aluminum radiator I got from reading some of the replys here I cut the rubber trans connecting lines and now have bypassed the radiator completly and added a trans oil cooler that now sits up front behind the bumper.

I will follow up again after some more miles. Geese, I hope its fixed. Regardless, many thanks to all of you.
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Old 04-06-2006, 10:43 PM
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Actually the tube that runs inside the radiator that carries the trans fluid is copper. That probably was the problem all along.
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Old 04-14-2006, 04:05 PM
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Mystery solved.

I found how the water was getting into the Trans. I believe. The Trans dipstick tube had a good size gouge in the side on the tube, about 1.5 inch long. When hosing off the engine or driving in the rain, water would have entered. Bad thing is it was most likely letting in more than just water. Road debris ect. Soldered it closed and took it to a shop to flush the trans. I haven't lost any radiator fluid from the now open trans tank on the radiator so I think it was ok, but I will still leave the aux trans cooler on since it's mounted already.

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