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***assuming radiator is bad**** trans fluid in radiator. (horrible nasty trans fluid smell but lighter) (coolant resivor has two seperated fluid) Question: Can I keep radiator and use only for engine coolant if I plug trans cooling line holes or use hose to go from trans fluid intake to trans fluid out of the radiator? of course this is assuming that I deal with trans cooling seperately. thank you chuck

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  • Ken Buckley Nov 22, 2011

    I believe he's talking about putting a trans cooler inline seperated from the rad

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Your going to turn a 200 dollar fix into a 2000 dollar fix. transmissions dont like to overheat

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