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Old 10-06-2003, 12:55 AM
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Years ago I had a 79 camaro Z28, I had gotten from my brother, it had sat for some years after he got his corvette. I drove the car for a while and one day noticed I was leaving a trail of tranny fluid, I checked to find it was coming out of the dipstick with water mixed in, the radiator cooler and busted and filled the tranny with water, I got a external cooler and a new radiator, changed the tranny fluid and filter, and it would still puke fluid out of the dipstick, I spoke to a few trans shops and my tech college instructor, none knew why it did this, I was only told "it`s the vent" and I checked the vent and it was open. I took the tranny out and did a rebuild, cleaned the lines completely out and checked everything over twice, it still kept puking, it did it at any given time, sometimes when I first started it up, sometimes when I was going down the road and it would hit the header and a huge cloud of smoke would be behind me, sometimes not until I stopped at a redlight which again resulted in the cloud. I never figured out why it did this, so I just replaced it, when I got the trans out I took a sledge hammer to it after all the time, money, frustration and embarassment it caused, I`m curious what causes this to happen in case it ever happens again.

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Old 10-06-2003, 01:33 PM
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Had to be pressure building inside the case. rusted radiater core would push water through the return line into the transmission.

I wonder if enough heat was building inside the case from the exhaust raising pressure.
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