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Is the Terri Radiator same as Falcon?

I've been told that the BA's are having radiator problems.
The internal trans oil cooler is rupturing and causing water to enter the transmission.
This is not good as the clutch plates are manufactured with water based adhesives, when water contacts the clutch plates and bands for extended periods the friction material flakes off. Then there is other damage such as corrosion to take into consideration.
But imagine this happening in the middle of no were.

I heard that this was a comon problem in the late 70's, you'd think that with today's new materials & technology, cooler ruptures would not be a problem.

Any way back to my question, does anyone know if the Territory uses the same radiator as the Falcon?

Hope it is distinctive to the Territory.
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Re: Is the Terri Radiator same as Falcon?

Falcon owners should be so lucky. On our former Barina the crappy Spanish engine decided to start lubricating the whole of the inside of the engine with water after a few years. Nice car when new .... and goodbye GMH! (The Commodore was pretty bulletproof though I have to say - I think I'd still prefer an Australian made car any day.)
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Re: Is the Terri Radiator same as Falcon?

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Falcon owners should be so lucky. On our former Barina the crappy Spanish engine decided to start lubricating the whole of the inside of the engine with water after a few years. Nice car when new .... and goodbye GMH! (The Commodore was pretty bulletproof though I have to say - I think I'd still prefer an Australian made car any day.)
I think the Barina uses an Australian built engine, built in Melbourne, that is shipped overseas to GM subsideries, Opal, Vaxaul, fitted into vehicles like Barina's & sent back to Australia.
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Re: Is the Terri Radiator same as Falcon?

Johnydep you also forgot to mention that water is not a very good lubricant for you auto trans...

It's always a risk when having trans coolers in the rad tank, you are better off with an external cooler.
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I think the Barina uses an Australian built engine, built in Melbourne, that is shipped overseas to GM subsideries, Opal, Vaxaul, fitted into vehicles like Barina's & sent back to Australia.
Oops - do I have to retract my pro-Australian comment!
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Johnydep you also forgot to mention that water is not a very good lubricant for you auto trans...

It's always a risk when having trans coolers in the rad tank, you are better off with an external cooler.
I thought the same thing, but have since learned that the in-tank cooler is also a heater.
The transmission requires quick warm up to minimise wear & stabilize gear changes.

The AWD & the RWD with HD tow pack come standard with an external cooler, but the in-tank cooler is still used for the above reason.

Other manufacturers use the same idea with no problems.

I have been told that poor quality material can only be blamed for this problem, it either ruptures through fatigue or the oil becomes corrosive & attacks the metal which is usually brass.
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