2003 Dodge Caravan Is there a connection

Tiny
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Transmission problem
2003 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

Is there a connection between the radiator and the transmission? I recently had the radiator replaced and 30 minutes later the transmission went out. I was wondering if the transmission was affected when the radiator was replaced.
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 2:48 PM

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Tiny
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There is an internal cooler in the radiator for the transmission. The cooling lines attach to the radiator.

What does the fluid look like in the transmission?
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 3:10 PM
Tiny
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It was totally burnt. The smell was horrible and it was dark brown.
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 3:40 PM
Tiny
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I like to get the caravans a fluid and filter change no longer than 30,000 miles, IF it were mine I would be doing it every 20,000.

I wouldn't try to hard to make a connection to the rad if the fluid was in that shape, sounds like it wasn't too far behind if the radiator had any accelerated affect.
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 4:51 PM
Tiny
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In your opinion(granted this is just for my personal info) would it be negligent on a repair shop to send a vehicle out without checking the transmission fluid after a radiator replacement?
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 6:00 PM
Tiny
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I have to recant my statement. On this particular one the cooler is separate from the radiator.


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I think this is more of a case of odd timing, a poorly designed transmission and a lack of maintaining the tranny.
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Monday, April 14th, 2008 AT 6:18 PM

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