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Radiator woes

I just completed a BPD oil cooler install and now I have a transmission fluid leak at the driver side line going into the radiator.

My understanding is that the fittings on the radiator CAN NOT be repaired, so I will need a new radiator to fix the issue. Should I buy from Ford or should I pick up a generic from a parts store?

I would love an aluminum radiator, but I still have lift work/wheels/tires to deal with.

Thanks for the advice, oh and where can I get Mercon SP or what is a good equivalent,

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Are you sure the actual fitting is bad and it's not just the o-ring? Was the proper tool used to disconnect the lines from the radiator?

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Yeah it's dry at the tranny line to fitting interface, but running around the fitting to radiator connection...

There is also a slight gap between the two, fitting and rad. I had a friend helping me, and he said he gave the fitting a turn before realizing he needed a tool... My understanding is that once you spin the fittings it can't be fixed...


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Fittings can be replaced. The trick is to do them one at a time there is an o-ring on the inside of the radiator that you do not want to disturb or damage. It falls out of place then the only thing you can do is replace the radiator. The o-ring fits between theshell and the tranny cooler.


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Fittings can be replaced. The trick is to do them one at a time there is an o-ring on the inside of the radiator that you do not want to disturb or damage. It falls out of place then the only thing you can do is replace the radiator. The o-ring fits between theshell and the tranny cooler.
Good to know, I replaced the radiator Monday night, after pulling it out I found two areas of gnarly green slime! So it looks like at one time or another its had two core leaks. I did a restore/restore+ flush, so the new radiator just adds to piece of mind at this point.


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