Leaking transmission cooling line

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  1. Hydromaster

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    Leaking transmission cooling line

    Dodge 2500
    46re

    Can I cap off the lines that go to the cooler at the transmission?
     
  2. EWSplow

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    That's an interesting question.
    Do you mean a temporary cap as a fix to get the truck to the shop?
     
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    Hydromaster

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    I went down the driveway to back drag some gravel over some ice and saw the red atf on top of the ice so I wasn’t far from home.

    At first I thought A hose on the plow let loose
    But nooo.

    I know it’s probably not a good idea to run the transmission without a cooler but I need the yruck for the next couple of storms and then I’ll get that cooler hooked back up but until then I need a temporary fix so I can get through these next couple storms.

    So if I could cap it off my blood pressure would sure go down...otherwise I would have to run around and try and source some lines or a hose or something...

    So that’s why am hoping I can cap it off temporarily I only have a few drives to plow so I shouldn’t generate too much heat as I’m not plowing any parking lots
     
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  4. EWSplow

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    Not sure if capping is a good idea. A small loop so it can circulate maybe?
     
  5. SHAWZER

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    If you can get at where the line is leaking , cut it and add a small piece of hydraulic hose with double gear clamps .
     
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  6. EWSplow

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    Maybe the whole line is rotten? I had a similar situation. Fix one spot and another appears.
     
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    Hydromaster

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    That was what i wuz hopping to do.
    but as my luck has it, it looks to be leaking right at the transmission.
    its not looking like i will have enough to slide a hose on.

    as soon as my coveralls are out of the dryer ill go and take a closer look.

    I still think its time to cap it off temporarily(if that is possible) or maybe ill get lucky and someone will have a replacement hose, hahaha, yea i can dream.
     
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    Hydromaster

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    you could be on to something,, but it only looks bad right at the transmission.

    background this is the 3rd transmission, if im really lucky it is just loose.
    but im sure its rotted .

    i only got as far as looking under the truck to see wear the leak wuz and to let out a string of exclamations.
     
  9. 1olddogtwo

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    Only the third transmission, going to ballpark the mileage on the truck at 20,000 miles...

    Cut the lines out couple inches away from the transmission and loop them
     
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    Hydromaster

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    Lol
    127,000 + or - a mile or two


    It is leaking right where the lines connect to the transmission.

    I’m headed out to the shop with a fresh cup of coffee
    Will kno Moore soon .

    Maybe even a pic to prove it happened...
     
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    Hydromaster

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    465743C9-3131-4B33-AEC6-74305024D4C4.jpeg I don’t think that Rusty line is going to let me slip a hose over it and what size wrench fits rust?
     
  12. EWSplow

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    IF, you had the right size fitting, you could probably stub a new piece out.
     
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  13. Randall Ave

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    I would try to get a loop in there until I could get a set off new lines.
     
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  14. OP
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    Hydromaster

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    It was rotted off right out the compression fitting.
    I am going to try flaring a piece of tubing,
    If I can get that to about eight or 9 inches and then put a hose between the two good pieces and clamp them off and order a new line.
     
  15. leolkfrm

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    3rd tranny....why would the shop not change them, unless they want to sell you a 4th
     
  16. OP
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    Hydromaster

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    Don’t kno

    I was charged for a new transmission cooler they just left the original lines going around the engine .....

    I ended up unscrewing the fitting that goes into the transmission, I replaced it with a barbed fitting from a Kawasaki 650 jetski
    Cooling.

    Ran a hose to the line and used 2 hose clamps
    Topped off the transmission with some plow fluid.
    It’s holding for now.....


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  17. Randall Ave

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    What pressure is that hose rated for?
     
  18. OP
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    Hydromaster

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    Dun-no
    The counter jockey got it, so it must be good.

    I wouldn’t think the cooler line would have wine pressure ?

    Not sure what the other piece of hose says it’s up under the truck now
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    I know,,, even the house is laughing at me
     
  19. dieselss

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    Did you see if they have replacement lines available?

    If not, look into the nicopper line as a replacement
     
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    Hydromaster

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    They would have to order it. , local Napa,
    Hopefully it will last through these 2 storms.
    Because it probably wouldn’t get here till next week anyway

    I’ll look into that