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Old 08-19-2008, 12:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Will an aftermarket large trans cooler lengthen the life of my transmission? The stock one seems kinda small, and it incorporates the PS cooler too, I'm not sure I like that. thanks. tkuerzinge
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I would say a larger cooler will cool the trans oil faster (the oil can only gets into the cooler only if its hot enough)... But I wouldn't guess how much it counts in real life.

An external, standalone cooler is recommended... you can't do wrong wiith that... But I wouldn't say a larger would lenghten the trans life that much that it counts.
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thanks for the input. much appreciated. tkuerzinge
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A trans cooler can extend the life of the trans if your primarily driving around the city a lot where it gets less air into the front and shifts more.
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I would say a larger cooler will cool the trans oil faster (the oil can only gets into the cooler only if its hot enough)... But I wouldn't guess how much it counts in real life.

An external, standalone cooler is recommended... you can't do wrong wiith that... But I wouldn't say a larger would lenghten the trans life that much that it counts. [/b]


There is no internal thermostat on our transmissions - the tranny fluid is always flowing through the coolers. Therefore, if you live in a more northern area I suggest a remote tranny thermostat - I have a PermaCool unit from Summitracing.com. You CAN overcool the transmission in the winter.



Yes, an auxillary cooler does extend transmission life by preventing thermal breakdown of the transmission fluid, which is very common on Taurus transmissions. I'm running a gen 2 SHO ATX cooler and I have bypassed the OE in-radiator cooler but have retained the use of the OE aux cooler.

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Sorry, my bad. I did not mention I always used self-regulating trans coolers. When the oil is in normal heat range, it bypasses the cooler through a bypass valve. When the oil heats up, gets thin enough, than it flows through the cooler.
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FWIW, this is what I use:

http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.a...mp;autoview=sku
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Hi, I have a ford taurus LX 1988 with V6 3.0L engine, I want to add a trans cooler and bypass the radiator in cooler, I want to know If I really need a thermostat to bypass the oil, I'm from Peru, the local temperature is: 12º C (winter) to 30º C (summer)
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No you don't really need the t-stat. A lot depends on the driving. If it is stop and go or city driving or mountain driving it will still get quite warm. If it is all open road then you may have problems getting the temp over 50C. Still no big deal.

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...that live out in the country, no less. Lots of high-speed country roads that makes it hard for the tranny to get up to temps in the winter.
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