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Jun 7, 2017, 2:02 PM

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I have a 1998 Honda Accord 4 cylinder

I have replaced radiator. Brand new.
All coolant hoses replaced (new)

I added Prestone Head Gasket Repair into older radiator ( which I replaced , indicated above)
I believe may be cause of, not sure , below:

My ATF fluid is coming out creamy pink.
I had a leak in a hose going to bottom of radiator (ATF Cooler)
Replaced all hoses to ATF Cooler.

I have run (2) three quart fill sequences through transmission.
Even after new radiator , comes out creamy pink.
So it must not be mixing with coolant now , correct?
(I.e. Brand New Radiator)

Have I not flushed out enough of bad fluid from transmission?

What is causing it to come out creamy pink ?

Only after I fill with new ATF , 3 quarts , does it drive.
It will drive about a quarter mile or so, in Drive, and lower gears 1 & 2.
Reverse will not work.

After about a quarter mile, fluid becomes creamy and pink.
Then transmission will render inoperable.

Again, I fill it and it drives, have done it twice...

Maybe a third or more?
Should I drop transmission?

Any direction will help.
My first Honda...

2 kids, can't afford a mechanic now. Tough times

Thanks for your time & understanding.

Kind Regards,

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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jun 7, 2017, 3:02 PM)

Hammer Time
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Jun 7, 2017, 3:06 PM

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I will let our resident transmission expert, Gary chime in on this but I think he is going to tell you that transmission is not going to survive.

Those 3 quart changes don't do much for cleaning out the coolant and it only takes the coolant minutes to do permanent damage to the clutches.

I also hope you have been using special Honda fluid for that. Anything else will do a lot of damage.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Jun 7, 2017, 11:32 PM

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! head gasket repair in a bottle. If you put that in a good engine you harmed it if that worked and didn't and essentially can't fix anything anyway.

Now your hoses are harmed and if tanks or radiator are sealed on with rubber they'll let go from trans fluid never mind if transmission survived this the engine isn't going to,



Jun 9, 2017, 6:26 AM

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Once the water hots the trans, it only a matter of time, the thing is with hondas, they have no pan all you can do is drain and fill until comes out clean, but once the water gets in the unit, it actually melts the glue that hold the fricton material onto the disc, so eventually this will need an overhaul. Gary

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