1997 Ford Ranger Coolant Leak

Tiny
WORTHIN52
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  • 1997 FORD RANGER
  • 4.0L
  • V6
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 160,000 MILES
On a 97 ford ranger 4.0l automatic. What parts of the transmission does coolant flow through. Does it go through the torque converter? Where can I find a cutaway picture?
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Friday, November 27th, 2015 AT 7:47 PM

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Tiny
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Coolant does not flow anywhere in the transmission. The fluid is typically cooled in a section of thee radiator or a separate transmission cooler.
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Friday, November 27th, 2015 AT 7:56 PM
Tiny
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The coolant lines that attach to the transmission body. Where does that coolant go? I m not very knowledgeable of transmission I m trying to educate myself. I read someplace that if you have a coolant leak and your coolant is low it effects the shifting of the transmission.
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Friday, November 27th, 2015 AT 8:20 PM
Tiny
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Those lines are filled with transmission fluid. They are ran to a sealed part of the radiator or to a separate transmission cooler. It could possibly affect your shifting due to running hot and causing the fluid to have to high of a temp.
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Friday, November 27th, 2015 AT 8:40 PM
Tiny
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If there is a coolant leak from the radiator or someplace else in the cooling system can coolant get into those lines that go to the transmission and get into the transmission?
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Friday, November 27th, 2015 AT 8:54 PM
Tiny
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Yes, that is possible. IF the when you pull the transmission dipstick out and the fluid looks milky in color and texture then you will know that it is contaminated.
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Friday, November 27th, 2015 AT 8:57 PM
Tiny
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It doesn t look milky or textured. The color seems ok red maybe a little brown it feels ok and doesn t smell burnt or have any grit in it. I do have a hard time getting and accurate reading on the dip stick. It doesn t seem to be consistent and separates on the dip stick.
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Friday, November 27th, 2015 AT 9:16 PM
Tiny
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Are you checking the level while the vehicle is running and in Park?
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Saturday, November 28th, 2015 AT 5:49 AM
Tiny
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I am checking the transmission fluid when it s hot and in park. It s not milky or I don t see actual water. It looks like how oil separates from water. I get the feeling somehow there is water or moisture in the transmission.
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Saturday, November 28th, 2015 AT 6:53 AM

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