transmission fluid in reservoir tank

Asked by Mar 01, 2016 at 10:58 PM about the 2001 Ford Escape

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hit a deer and broke the top leg off the
radiator on my 2001 ford escape. Bought a
new radiator and when replacing my coolant
reservoir now has transmission fluid in it.
Tranny runs high rpms and shift hard. I was
told that I put the two lines on the bottom
driver side of radiator on backwards and
should switch them around and I should be
ok. Is this true?

2 Answers

46,335

It is likely that the transmission cooler tubing inside the replacement radiator has a hole in it. Are you certain that the transmission fluid showed up after changing the radiator. It would make more sense that the internal radiator transmission cooler was damaged when you hit the deer. If the transmission gets engine coolant in it you will be buying a transmission. I really don't see any difference in how the transmission lines could be installed backwards as the cooler inside the radiator is just a closed loop coil or loop of tubing.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

It's a brand new radiator

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Search Ford Escape Questions

Ford Escape Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 5,130
#2 Bratts
Bratts
Reputation 2,860
#3 kbro
kbro
Reputation 1,600
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Explorer
38 Great Deals out of 1,198 listings starting at $2,900
Used Honda CR-V
46 Great Deals out of 2,436 listings starting at $1,595
Used Toyota RAV4
100 Great Deals out of 3,258 listings starting at $3,000
Used Ford Focus
100 Great Deals out of 2,203 listings starting at $2,490
Used Jeep Grand Cherokee
100 Great Deals out of 3,409 listings starting at $1,488
Used Jeep Cherokee
116 Great Deals out of 6,610 listings starting at $11,990
Used Ford F-150
295 Great Deals out of 8,121 listings starting at $2,499
Used Jeep Liberty
9 Great Deals out of 163 listings starting at $1,200
Used Hyundai Santa Fe
58 Great Deals out of 1,153 listings starting at $3,997

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Ford Escape For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 2,282 listings starting at $21,900
2016 Ford Escape For Sale
10 Great Deals out of 115 listings starting at $18,975
2015 Ford Escape For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 322 listings starting at $13,795
2014 Ford Escape For Sale
24 Great Deals out of 582 listings starting at $9,900
2013 Ford Escape For Sale
21 Great Deals out of 495 listings starting at $8,995

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.