Originally Posted by amc49
Luck...........you should probably know that Ford strongly recommends the trans cooler be changed when this type of wear occurs, often the cooler stops up and the return to back of the end cover then slows down to a trickle to wear the cover out. The cooler is supposedly not cleanable, the design of the inside of tubes stops it from flushing clean of trash settled in it.
Thanks amc, i did read about that in one of the ford manuals. The mazda cooler looks a bit different than the ford cooler, but is probably similar internally. The mazda manual says to flush the cooler so I flushed it backwards and forward with mineral spirits and compressed air and the flow was normal. I will research the mazda cooler more and price out a replacement.
Thanks again for all of your help!