Originally Posted by Gearhead
Absolutely! I don't doubt that at all, the only thing I can do is take if off and inspect it!
Now for the transmission cooler, there is two hoses coming from the trans, up to the front of the radiator, going into a black mesh looking condenser thing. It's two individual pieces mounted to the radiator....
Could I clean it, to dislodge anything that could be clogged? Or am I gonna have to purchase a new one? those things are 150 bucks, and up! Maybe I can get one from the junkyard....
Sounds like you do have an external cooler, it's possible their is air in the cooling system. That or the block is clogged but I don't think it would be, it's rare and it takes alot of time and neglect to let the cooling system get to that point.
Try taking the radiator cap off and turn the vehicle on with the heater on max and squeeze the top radiator hose and then add some coolant and let the engine reach temp. This usually does the trick when you have to purge air. Alot of time their isn't enough coolant surrounding the thermostat for it to open.