I have a 95' Sable wagon with a 3.0L engine. One of the transmission
cooling lines is leaking fluid. It's the one which connects to the lower
radiator tank fitting and goes to an auxillary cooler mounted in front
of the A/C condenser. I've been to two Ford dealers and they can't
identify the correct part # for this line. The problem is the tranny
cooler doesn't have any fins, it's just a loop of tubing mounted on
brackets. The dealers don't have any information on this kind of cooler.
They can only come up with the line for the cooler that has fins, which
uses part # F1DZ7C410AA. This is not the one I need because my cooler
has it's inlet and outlet in different locations than the finned type.
AFAIK- The cooler is OEM because it was part of a towing package which
was ordered on the new car. I've seen the computer picture of the
cooling lines. Ford identifies the line I need as 7C410 but this is only
the base number. It requires a prefix and suffix to complete the part
number, like the one in the preceeding paragraph (above). I'm beginning
to think that Ford has omitted the part number in their data base for
the line I need. If so, how can I get it?
It's leaking at the first bend where it connects to the lower tank
fitting on the radiator. The leak started because that bend was rubbing
against the A/C line next to it. It wore through the foam insulation on
the A/C line until the two tubes were in contact with each other.
Fortunately the A/C line is not leaking. I put a temporary patch on the
transmission line using a short length of rubber tubing and a hose clamp
at the bend. This will probably last for quite a while but I would like
to replace the line before it leaks again. The picture of this area
clearly shows the line I need but the dealers can't come up with a full
part number for it.
Sounds like you got a handle on the temp repair anyway.
There should be plenty of these in the junk yards or U pull it yards
if your adventurous. With any luck, the sedan is the same as the wagon. Maybe 92
to 95 3.0 taurus or sable would work.
As i recall doing may radiator, that lower trannie fitting is a SOB
to get at on the side of the radiator.
You could clean it well, put some epoxy on it all the way around, and
then clap it again when dry. Or, you could buy the raw tube and fittings and
get a flair tools or such and make a pipe using the old
one as a template.
While your down there, make sure your motor mount bolt on the block
is not loose. I lost one on mine and had a time finding a reasonable bolt. Ford
wanted $40 for a silly bolt. Once i ID'd it, i got one for
a couple of bucks.
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