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Dodge Neon: Tips on How to Handle a Blown Radiator that Lets Antifreeze into Your Transmission
The Dodge or Plymouth Neon is a compact, front-wheel drive car sold in the U.S. and elsewhere outside of Canada, Mexico, and Europe as the Chrysler Neon. It was introduced in January 1994 for the 1995 model year as part of the Plymouth and Chrysler Dodge brands. In export markets such as Australia, Europe, and Japan, it\'s branded as a Chrysler model. At any rate, in regards to the issue where your Dodge Neon radiator blew, letting anti-freeze into transmission, here are the things you should expect, do, and fix so as to minimize your expenses and the potential damages to your car.
Symptoms of a Blown Radiator
Your transmission is the gear that uses through the driveshaft to the live axle to transmit (hence the name) power to your car\'s engine. If it\'s an automatic car, you won\'t need levers and pedals to shift gears. However, if it\'s a manual car, you need the \"stick\" to drive it. If your car overheats constantly, if there\'s radiator coolant leaking all over, and if there\'s also sludge (where green coolant mixes with rust or oil), then your radiator might be going bad.
However, the specific issue that the Dodge Neon faces is a blown radiator that lets its antifreeze right into the transmission, which is a whole other kettle of fish in and of itself. Another symptom of a Dodge Neon radiator that has gone bad is when your transmission slips (which happens when it takes too much time for your Dodge Neon to coast or if there are delays in acceleration).
Causes and Diagnosis of Transmission and Radiator Failure
Once your radiator blows, your car should experience overheating more often. Meanwhile, the engine coolant from your radiator can then get into your transmission, which should destroy the sealing rings and cause the clutch and band friction material to become undone. This issue usually happens on the average mileage of over 79,000 miles or so (your mileage may vary).
If it\'s just your radiator acting up, you should have it looked at through your local dealership post-haste so that it doesn\'t get worse. Otherwise, the worst-case scenario for you is if the radiator is busted and the transmission requires disassembly and cleaning in order to be fixed. You will have to pay even more money to have everything fixed at that juncture.
Solving the Radiator Leakage and Transmission Failure Issue
Once the Dodge Neon radiator blows up, letting anti-freeze into the transmission, what needs to be fixed depends on the extent of the damage. It\'s preferable that you do preventive maintenance to keep the radiator from blowing up. When it does blow up, its coolant hopefully hasn\'t seeped into your transmission to the point of ruining it. That way, you only need to replace the radiator instead of both the radiator and the transmission. It all starts with your radiator malfunctioning.
The typical repair cost for this is a little over $1,000 for radiator replacement and $2,000-$2,500 if you need both the radiator replaced and the transmission disassembled, vatted (put in a vat for cleaning and flushing) so that all the coolant that leaked into it is removed, and rebuilt. Otherwise, if it\'s beyond repair, you\'ll need to replace both the radiator and the transmission. Therefore, as soon as your Dodge Neon begins to overheat more than usual, you should have it checked regularly for preventive maintenance purposes.