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98 neon....wheres my coolant going????
01-22-2012, 09:25 PM (This post was last modified: 01-22-2012 09:30 PM by Garner.)
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RE: 98 neon....wheres my coolant going????
I would like to add a couple of comments to go with the last few posts.

Unless the original configuration was altered the transmission cooler should be in the radiator. Add-ons are available but some shops tie them in with the original for "added" cooling instead of eliminating the original out of the circuit. Either way, it takes less than a minute to pull the stick to be on the safe side. I'm guessing that you already did that since you commented that the fluid was low. I just thought that it was worth mentioning for others that may be following this thread. Also keep in mind that Chrysler uses their own fluid. Using the wrong fluid usually results in "Torque Shudder."

I have noticed that a bad CV joint can sound like blocks of wood on some vehicles. Also a loose, broken, or damaged motor or transmission mount can let things flop around and make unusual sounds. Sometimes it is as simple as the exhaust banging on the floor board. Figuring out "Why" it's banging may not be as simple. That usually leads back to the broken mounts.

Please keep those updates coming. We enjoy hearing the progress. I would like to hear what is making that noise.

Thanks for using the forum,
Garner

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01-22-2012, 10:19 PM (This post was last modified: 01-22-2012 10:19 PM by Rupe.)
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RE: 98 neon....wheres my coolant going????
Playing tag team here.... Big Grin

The fluid in question is a synthetic. Hopefully the parts store gave you the right stuff. Top it up to the full mark and seen what happens. It could be that simple. (plus finding out where the fluid leaked out)
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01-22-2012, 10:57 PM
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RE: 98 neon....wheres my coolant going????
(01-22-2012 08:36 PM)Rupe Wrote:  Think of the flex plate as a light weight flywheel attached to the engine. It's also got the ring gear on it for starting the engine. The reason it's lighter than the usual flywheel is because the torque converter weighs enough to make up the difference.

difficult to replace? special tools needed or any specific configs?
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01-23-2012, 01:14 AM
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RE: 98 neon....wheres my coolant going????
It's a piece of cake once the trany is out of the way. Rolleyes (just kidding)

The hard part is holding the engine from turning while you crack the bolts loose from the crankshaft. (again, just kidding)

The reality is it's time consuming, especially if you have never done one before. You will need to both lower the trany and support the engine, which will likely be hanging from a single mounting point. Hopefully your uncle has what you need at his shop, including a lift.

Now the really hard part of any job is a good diagnosis so you know what you need ahead of time and the right parts are on hand.
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