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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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As I previously posted I've been calling some local tranny shops to see about getting my aunts tranny repaired. What I found out was rather shocking.

Every shop I called said something along the line of "oh another neon" or "yea we just finished a couple neons" I don't live in that big of a place but I gather between the 6 shops I called they had just done or started on 14-16 Neons that had all failed in the same 3 day period of -25F weather. I was curious so I started asking what had failed and it was the same part of all of them. Talk about your week spot.

Apparently if you have a neon your taking a big chance by starting it on very cold days, seems that a good percentage of them will die.

FYI the part that fails is a hard joint on the tranny cooling line leading to the rad. all the tanny fluid then drains out as you begin driving, and before you know it, its new tranny time.
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My mom had this problem on a mini van once (somthing similar all I know is all the tranny fluid drained, she did alot of stopping and going while delievering papers in her van mailbox to mailbox)
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Cold weather that instigates a line to leak is definately the fault of the manufacturer but come on Neon owners. Red fluid under the car is transmission fluid leaking. Fix it before it empties itself.
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Our 95 did fine on the cold days, granted most winter days it sat because the intrepid's heat got faster. But when we drove it it enver emptied it self. Had a small leak thou but rarely required any fluid and I always drove it hard because I wanted mom to get another trep and ditch the neon. But it jus wouldn't die...guess I wasn't so lucky.
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Cold weather that instigates a line to leak is definately the fault of the manufacturer but come on Neon owners. Red fluid under the car is transmission fluid leaking. Fix it before it empties itself.

You can't fix what you don't see. Its not like these people came out to an already leaking car. The hard connection point broke after being started and quickly emptied all the fluid as the car was being driven. The first warning that something was wrong would have been when the tranny started acting funny because it had no fluid. Some people probably noticed this soon enough to not cause much damamge but others like my aunt who aren't good with cars and don't paricularly pay much attention to how they normally sound and feel didn't notice until the problem became more apparent, at that point that tranny is too far gone.

Also it wasn't exactly a leaky line (when I think leaky line I think if a small tear that slowly losses fluid) To quote the tranny shop the hard connection point exploded. This immediately led to a massive leak, fluid simply ran out as fast as it could move through the line.

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