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radiator lower port mystery

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Old 11-04-2014, 05:57 PM
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I removed the radiator from my 92 mazda b2600 and apparently wasnt paying much attention because upon getting ready to reinstall i see a port on the lower drivers side, that i am unsure what it is, it is just inboard of the lower hose connection and i dont remember there being any type of hose or tube connected to it. Any ideas what it is.?
 
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Old 11-05-2014, 05:07 AM
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Trans cooler pipe? Drain bung?
 
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Old 11-05-2014, 10:11 PM
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Post on mazdatrucking.com, they'll know, and show their pictures.
 
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:12 AM
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:17 AM
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automatic transmission cooler line. the other line is to the right, bent about 90 deg. if your car does not have an automatic transmission, a lot of the time, aftermarket radiators are sold like this, so only one radiator has to be stocked. it will fit both auto and manual trans. inside the radiator is a sealed tube that the automatic transmission fluid flows thru. when cold, it helps the fluid heat up to operating temps. when hot, it helps keep the fluid cool. since it is sealed, and it sounds like you have a manual trans, dont worry about it.
 
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So the line circled is for an automatic transmission? I do have a manual, so what is the line that is bent 90 degrees?
 
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Originally Posted by USN SENIOR CHIEF View Post
So the line circled is for an automatic transmission? I do have a manual, so what is the line that is bent 90 degrees?
one is the inlet, the other is the outlet. i dunno which is which, but like i said, aftermarket radiators do this all the time. take some flexible line, attach it to either end, blow into it, and put you finger by the other end, you will feel the air come out.
 
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So I am fine to leave it as it is or should I cap the port off?
 
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So I am fine to leave it as it is or should I cap the port off?
leave it as is.
 
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Old 11-07-2014, 06:27 AM
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You can cap off the ports if you like, above information is correct, they are ports for automatic transmission fluid. But consider yourself lucky: such radiators are 2-row, and offer better cooling than the 1-row radiators that 5-speed trucks came with.

I believe most retailers now just stock or list the 2-row radiator like you have, so one model will fit both automatic and 5-speed trucks.

I have such 2-row radiator in my 5-speed B2200, helps in Arizona desert heat. On mine, the ports could unscrew. And I left them uncapped.
 

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