it may get better, it may not1Saunders wrote:Ok, it has been a few days now and reality has set in. Like many others our cooling system and transmission on our 2005 Pathfinder are now contaminated by a beautiful Pepto-Bismol like looking fluid.
I've looked around and have not found an answer to this;
Our transmission began slipping from a stop to a go around a month ago. We thought this was the only problem with the vehicle until we looked at the trans dipstick which was dry. Then opened up the radiator to find the mixed coolant/ATF. We were curious if it was too late or if we could simply drain and flush both systems then replace all of the cooling system components? Then add the appropriate fluid to both systems? What replacement radiator, cooler and other affected components do you guys recommend.
Like I said the only problem is that occasional slip from a stop to a start. We appreciate any advice you guys could give.
can't imagine that the trans would function at all with no fluid in it1Saunders wrote:There right around 128,000 miles on it. The other concern is that when we checked the transmission fluid the dipstick is dry. Does the dipstick reach the bottommost part of the transmission? Could it be possible there is no fluid in there?
Was the engine running at the time or parked on any kind of incline? If not running it's entirely plausible that the dipstick wouldn't be showing any fluid if the vehicle had been sitting for a while.1Saunders wrote:... The other concern is that when we checked the transmission fluid the dipstick is dry.
Hey 1Saunders any updates. This transmission BS just happened to my wife while driving. The truck overheated about 2 blocks from the house and when I checked the radiator I saw the "milkshake" looking fluid. The transmission still shifts and engages so I'm wondering if doing a tranny and coolant flush will be good enough.1Saunders wrote:So my buddy found the following; the coolant system was full of the mixed pepto bismol like looking fluid, the transmission fluid was a Pepsi like color which smelled and felt like regular Trans fluid. He flushed the cooling system 20 or so times until all of the oil came out. He drained the Trans fluid and replaced the filter (measured @ 8 qt.), filled it up with more fluid drove it around to flush everything out. Drained the fluid again, replaced the filter and added 11qt of the correct fluid. There was luckily no metal in the pan either time. After it was all back together he went for a long drive and so far so good. We hope that since we parked it as soon as the slipping began the transmission will be ok. I'll try and remember to update in in a few months after we've piled on some miles.