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I HAVE WATER/COOLANT IN MY TRANSMISSION FLUID. HOW COULD IT HAVE GOTTEN THERE?

1997 Volvo 850 • 150,000 miles

I noticed low coolant three months ago. I wondered where the water went, but experienced no car problems, so I refilled it. It got a bit low again and I did the same thing. Yesterday, the "w' light came on and the car was not shifting properly. I checked the transmission fluid level and it looked like a vanilla milkshake. I drained the transmission fluid, refilled it, drove it a few blocks. It shifted pretty well. I checked the level again and the color of the fluid looked better, like strawberry milk this time. The transmission fluid level remained the same, indicating no new water/coolant got in. After it sat overnight I drove it. While the transmission was cool it shifted poorly. As it warmed up it shifted better.
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Jami
November 19, 2011.




--Coolant in the tranny -sounds like the tranny cooler at the radiator compartment is leaking internally-

Rasmataz
Nov 19, 2011.
Jami, was a radiator replacement enough to fix the problem?
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Rivermikerat
Jan 30, 2012.

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