New radiator and failure of a transmission. 2001 Mitsubishi Galant ES

Asked by Dec 26, 2013 at 08:32 AM about the 2001 Mitsubishi Galant ES V6

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Just replaced Mitsubishi 2001 Galant ES radiator at 51,600. During the five mile drive
home I engaged the heater and found it blowing cold air. Got home to find shop did not
clamp bottom hose. They towed the car back and fixed the following morning and told
me I must have hit a bump that caused the clamp to come loose and the fluid to drain.
I did not hit any bumps. They said it was their mistake the clamp was not as tight as it
should have been. Few weeks later transmission completely failed. Any cause/effect
between lack of antifreeze during a five mile drive home in cold weather and the
transmission failure?

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Is it an automatic? The transmission fluid does circulate through a core built into the radiator to keep it cool. Could it have caused the failure. Hard to say, the trans could have been on it's last leg, they forgot to add fluid when they replaced the radiator as some drains out? If they forgot the hose clamp, they could have forgot to check the fluid level in the trans. A low fluid level will make the shifts delayed. I'd look at the level first, it might just be low vs replacing the whole trans.

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