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JAVMAN

Any Experiences With a Transmission Cooler?

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Curious if anyone has installed a trans cooler and what their thoughts are.

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From the service manual:

 

Engine coolant flows primarily from the engine to the radiator circuit and back to the coolant pump. Coolant is

sent from the coolant pump through the engine block and cylinder heads. A separate circuit from the engine also

feeds the heater core and turbocharger with coolant. The coolant pump, operated by engine rotation through the

accessory drive belt, circulates the coolant. The coolant thermostat is a control valve actuated by coolant

temperature. When the thermostat is closed, coolant flow bypasses the radiator circuit and returns to the coolant

pump. When the thermostat is opened, coolant flows through the radiator circuit to transfer engine-generated

heat to the outside air.

The transmission cooler - warmer is mounted on the transmission. On initial startup, the transmission fluid heater

coolant control valve opens and allows warm coolant from the engine to enter the transmission cooler - warmer

to warm the transmission fluid. As the engine and transmission warm, the transmission fluid heater coolant

control valve closes and the transmission fluid cooler coolant control valve opens, allowing cooler coolant from

the radiator to enter the transmission cooler - warmer to cool the transmission fluid.

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Well... That was mighty technical.  I'm looking for some comments from anyone who has actually added a trans cooler and if they felt it was worth the effort.  I live in Colorado and will be doing some towing from time to time, probably in the 1000 lbs range including the trailer.   Towing is a breeze until you are in the mountains with a large vehicle and a small motor.

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