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Old 12-24-2013, 05:49 AM
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Angry Red Fluid Leaking...Great Morning...

Hi All,

I am convinced that I have the worst luck. I got a 2001 F250 CC SB that I got a month ago...I was going out this morning and noticed on the driveway some fluid....I did the old finger dab and smell and its definitely a red color...I checked the powers steering fluid and it is still full...I went under the truck and under what appears the be the radiator theres two lines running from it side by side and its leaking from the connector nut or so it appears...

Could it be transmission fluid? Or is my power steering/ pump begining to go?

Any help is much appeciated..Thanks
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I am going to try and post some pictures of the leak...I think it may be the trans cooler lines leaking by the nut...I think its because the damn thing is rusted out.

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Old 12-24-2013, 07:13 AM
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Here is the other pics..







--Is this my trans cooler lines? There small steel diameter lines...Looks like feeding up to the radiator, but the fluid is red and I only know transmission and also power steering fluid is that color..

Thank for all the input and help...
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Old 12-24-2013, 07:53 AM
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Transcooler lines

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Thanks pal....Is there a good website to get those lines from?? Is it something that I could do or just easier having a place do it??
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Possibly RockAuto. Idk. I made my own out of stainless tubing.

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What size diameter tubing did you use? Did you get tubing and fittings at a autozone or something?

Also I'm assuming that when I unscrew the fittings will it drain out all the transmission fluid where I ill have to add all new fluid or just what is holding in the lines?
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What size diameter tubing did you use? Did you get tubing and fittings at a autozone or something?

Also I'm assuming that when I unscrew the fittings will it drain out all the transmission fluid where I ill have to add all new fluid or just what is holding in the lines?
Its 3/8" and no, you can't buy it at autozone or any other retail parts store. Typically an industrial supply store.

It will only drain what's in the lines.

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What's your opinion on high temp rubber 3/8 hose..I can buy fittings online ....There is also a scissor tool that they sell to take bolt and nut off...Have you ever used the tool there talking about?
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What's your opinion on high temp rubber 3/8 hose..I can buy fittings online ....There is also a scissor tool that they sell to take bolt and nut off...Have you ever used the tool there talking about?
You can use hose but it has to be rated specifically for trans fluid. You will have to wrap the hose where comes into contact with the frame, engine crossmember, etc.

I've never used the scissor tool.

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