burst trans cooler

Discussion in 'CE Lancers and Mirages' started by caleb dawson, May 6, 2019.

  1. caleb dawson

    caleb dawson Member

    ive had some trouble with my lancer,the trans cooler burst and has dropped all its atf and left me stranded,after it lost fluid it lost all drive and was acting like it was in neutral,what im wandering is beacause it was out of fluid(about 100 metres till i stopped) will my gearbox be fried and am i able to delete the cooler and just join the two bungs with one of the hoses without issues?
     
  2. DrB

    DrB Active Member

    I'm no auto expert but the fluid is the coupling in the converter without it there is no drive.
     
  3. caleb dawson

    caleb dawson Member

    Do u know if it can be run without the cooler
     
  4. DrB

    DrB Active Member

    well not every auto has a cooler so its possible in general terms but whether your specific one can... no idea.
     
  5. wagonmaster

    wagonmaster Active Member Lifetime Premium Member

    As far as damage goes, depends on load you placed on it when fluid loss occurred, distance travelled, and what temp the transmission/oil reached before you switched it off.

    Just like motor oil, automatic transmission fluid (ATF) absorbs the heat produced by moving internal parts. ... However, if you add more strain to the gearbox, the components have to work harder, which creates more heat than the stock transmission cooler is designed to handle (which is what has happened when you lost some of your transmission fluid).

    A transmission cooler helps the transmission stay cool, even when working harder than normal, which in turn lets you get the best performance and long life out of it, especially if you are towing

    You can’t keep the auto fluid cool enough, and yes I know that a few vehicles were made without a cooler, many early American cars in 50/60’s had finned alloy transmission sumps to dissipate the heat, instead of a cooler.

    If you don’t use cooler, it would have to be for a very short time till you either fix the cooler or replace it with and accessory cooler.

    Check out this article below, should answer any questions you have.

    https://www.transmissionrepaircostguide.com/low-transmission-fluid/Hi
     
  6. caleb dawson

    caleb dawson Member

    Cheers for the info mate,was just reading that apparently ce's had a trans cooler built into the radiator,is this true because mine only had an external 2row cooler,as for how long it had no fluid it would of only been 100-200 metres till I pulled up,and took my foot off the throttle as soon as it lost it's drive
     
  7. wagonmaster

    wagonmaster Active Member Lifetime Premium Member

    Like I replied in your other post on the same question ???
    It should be ok if it hasn’t been too low on oil for too long and you stopped straight away, Best to service auto while your at it, check oil colour/signs of overheating burning as well, if it hasn’t been low for a long period, and you stopped straight away, you should be fine.
     
  8. caleb dawson

    caleb dawson Member

    Do u know if it has a trans cooler built into the radiator because that's what I'm reading,it was only hooked up to a crappy universal cooler flopping around in the engine bay not mounted which I missed somehow,I'm new to the lancer thing so I'm not sure if it has an inbuilt transmission cooler,if it does it would be on the bottom of the radiator I'd imagine
     
  9. wagonmaster

    wagonmaster Active Member Lifetime Premium Member

    It should have two oil line connection points on radiator, unless they replaced radiator with something different, just check, if no just use your accessory cooler, either one is ok.
     
  10. caleb dawson

    caleb dawson Member

    That's good to know,glad I joined this forum,heaps of useful info and any question I ask someone can answer,the amount of dodgy stuff on this car is unbelievable and still finding things
     
  11. donki

    donki Administrator Forum Administrator

    Yes the CE (not sure on what years/generation, id assume the later models) did come with a trans cooler built into the rad. Its not the best way about it, but the engine coolant system is pretty effective, and using it as part of the trans cooling is the best OEM way about it.
     
  12. caleb dawson

    caleb dawson Member

    i dont think mine has it i had a look and cant see any fittings for it,where are they usually located? its a 98 sedan with the 4g93 if that helps,i might have to get another universal cooler i think
     
  13. donki

    donki Administrator Forum Administrator

    The OEM ones is integrated into the radiator, so you'll have your normal upper and lower rad hoses, but then there is two little barbs about the size of a pencil or crayon towards the bottom engine-side of the rad that should have a couple of hoses that run to the transmission.
     
  14. caleb dawson

    caleb dawson Member

    Ok thanks I'll have a look,for now I just found a commodore trans cooler and hoocked it up,hopefully it does the job
     

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