Started replacing a cracked radiator on my wife's 94 Taurus. Noticed
that there was a trans fluid leak too. Turns out this leak is from the
thin metal pipe (maybe 1/4") that runs across the bottom of the
radiator. At one end (on the driver's side of the car) it connects, via
a thicker gauge pipe, to the transmission.
What is this pipe called?
Damn, I was searching for all sorts of things but didn't think of that
exact combination of words. There are a bunch of different types
available for this car, I hope I can find the exact same one as replacement.
Thanks for the reply.
Well... I don't know that it makes sense to try and repair it. It's
corroded where it was held on by a bracket, I guess that was a stress
point. I don't know how much pressure the line carries, but I do know I
don't want it dumping the trans out :)
I was looking for an aftermarket replacement on the assumption that it's
cheaper (and since I can't move the car right now, I can't bring it in
to the dealer...). It's only a four-foot piece of pipe, how much could
it cost? :))
I have to take my car in for a state inspection this week anyway, I
guess I can ask the dealer then.
I'm not sure if you can find a replacement from both aftermarket or dealership,
it is a 94. The average pressure in the cooler line does not exceed 100 psi, so
is considered low pressure. You can easily make your own replacement.
Well, here's how it panned out: Autozone (et al) list several kits for
this, but they're expensive and I'm not even sure they're the right
thing. The dealership said they wanted $130 for the part. My local auto
parts store advised to use a piece of 5/16ths transmission line patch
hose ($9.00), and a couple of hose clamps, so that's what I did.
There seems to be some kind of electrochemical reaction between the
steel brackets and the stainless(?) cooler pipe. The pipe was rotted
completely through under one bracket, and significantly deteriorated
under the other bracket. So I cut out the entire bad piece and patched
with a single long segment of the patch hose.
Only downside to this repair job is that since it was all done outside,
I just about lost a finger or two to the COLD. It's also very hard to
get the radiator in on this car because it has a little front-end
damage. Had to cut off the shorter trans oil line and replace it with
rubber, too, because I couldn't get the radiator in with the original
piece on it, and if I put in the radiator first, I couldn't get the
metal pipe hooked up.
Upside is the trans is now shifting a lot smoother :) I'm surprised
there was still anything left in it. Seems like all the leaks are fixed.
Now I have to decide whether to make the bodywork on this car look nice,
or just dump it...
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