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Old 09-24-2018, 04:02 PM
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89 F150 transmission fluid low / no leaks

1989 F150 Lariat XLT 5.0 2x4 here. I've had to top off the transmission fluid a few times so I took it to the shop assuming I had a leak. No leak could be found. Not at the pan, or behind the inspection plate, or any of the seals. They said it was good. So where is it going???
 
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Old 09-24-2018, 04:32 PM
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Change your modulator...about 25 bucks at any auto parts store.
 
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:40 AM
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Change your modulator...about 25 bucks at any auto parts store.
This is the AOD not the C6 so there is no vacuum modulator.
 
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They said it was good. So where is it going???
Your truck has a transmission cooler mounted in the bottom tank of the radiator. Sometimes the cooler leaks into the cooling system. Check the coolant for signs of contamination.

 
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:50 AM
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I flushed the coolant maybe 2 years ago and it was fine. And the shop said they drained a little coolant and it was fine. But I have noticed the temperature gauge will spike every so slightly every now and again and then go back to normal. I wonder if this could be a sign? I'm also going to drain the coolant myself this weekend when I do an oil change. The only thing is I swear I've seen red fluid under the truck but they couldn't find a leak after 2 days of looking at it. This is very odd.
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Your truck has a transmission cooler mounted in the bottom tank of the radiator. Sometimes the cooler leaks into the cooling system. Check the coolant for signs of contamination.
 
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:51 AM
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I've got cardboard under the truck for now and I'm going to meticulously clean everything and get to the bottom of this leak.
 
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Old 09-25-2018, 01:56 PM
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I've got cardboard under the truck for now and I'm going to meticulously clean everything and get to the bottom of this leak.
Good plan.
 
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:08 PM
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So I've had cardboard under it and no leaks. But I'm still using transmission fluid. And the radiator coolant is bright green and looks fine. I'm stumped....
 


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