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Unread 10-21-2014, 09:04 PM   #1
sdprivett
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Coolant in transmission fluid!!

I just bought my first jeep! A 1997 xj country with 191k no rust! for $1900. Had it for maybe 4 days checked the transmission fluid and it was milky pink. Checked coolant and it looked like mud. Took radiator off today and going to replace tomorrow but any ideas for transmission? Don't have money to put a new one in. It has shifted perfectly fine with no hard shifts or slips but I know it at least needs flushed. I guess my question is if anyone else has had this problem and knows if I could get lucky with just the flush. I'm trying to stay positive but I've had it for under a week and already this...


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Unread 10-21-2014, 09:19 PM   #2
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Flush it, and pray, if it has had coolant in it long, an auto trans is going to be toast most likely. If it's is a manual, I am at a loss how coolant and trans could mix. With auto, I am afraid you'll find that friction material does not like coolant at all.
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Unread 10-21-2014, 09:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply, it is an auto but hoping the flush and some Lucas trans fix can buy me a couple months.


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Unread 10-21-2014, 09:31 PM   #4
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Do not use any snake oil stuff. Flush with correct fluid. You'll likely need to flush 2 or 3 times. To get the converter well flushed. Probably be atf+4 but verify that.
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Unread 10-22-2014, 09:23 AM   #5
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I have a 99 xj fluids should be dexron 3 or dexmerc since dex3 is being phased out be sure to check and see if the tranfercase has coolant in it. on mine the fluid can flow between the two
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