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

  • Tiny
  • Jami
  • 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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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 AT 11:48 PM

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

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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 AT 11:55 PM
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  • rivermikerat
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Jami, was a radiator replacement enough to fix the problem?

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Monday, January 30th, 2012 AT 5:26 AM

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