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Preserve the life of your transmission and improve towing performance with a transmission cooler. Protect your vehicle's warranty or simply give your vehicle a boost with a simple to use addition to any towing set up. Push on fittings and three mounting positions ensure a hassle-free installation, while varying performance levels allow you to match the transmission cooler to your specific towing needs.

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Derale Transmission Cooler Installation - 2009 GMC Yukon

Today on our 2009 GMC Yukon, we're going to show you haw to install the Derale series 8000 class four efficient plate fin transmission cooler kit with barb inlets, part number is D13504. At the beginning of our installation we're going to get this front bumper fascia area taken off. We've got one, two, three, four, five, and six bolts we'll take out. These require a ten millimeter socket. Now that we've got that loosened up we'll head around to the fender wells. In each fender we're going to have a seven millimeter bolt here at the top and here at the bottom. Then we've got a couple of push pin fasteners that we'll also have to take out. These take a seven millimeter socket.


Transmission Cooler Installation - 2005 Jeep Liberty

Today on our 2005 Jeep Liberty we're going to review an install of the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit, part number D13502. Here's what our cooler will look like once it's installed. These coolers are typically installed when hauling heavy loads, or possibly even towing a heavy load, to keep the transmission temperature down to prevent the excessive heat-related transmission failures. The cooler itself is approximately 11" long, and 7" tall. It's about 1" thick, so it's compact enough that it'll fit here behind the manufacturer's grill in the air flow for optimum cooling. One of the really nice features about this cooler is it can be an add-on to a system that already has a manufacturer's cooler, or added to a system that doesn't have a cooler for additional protection for your transmission. Making it an ideal use, as in this application, for an add-on system.


Transmission Cooler Installation - 2007 Nissan Murano

Today in our 2007 Nissan Murano we'll be installing the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler with Barb Inlets, part number D13503. We're going to go ahead and start out by removing this under-body panel right here. We have push fasteners here and a couple of Phillips head fasteners. Let's go ahead and take a flat blade screwdriver, get underneath the edge of the push fastener. If you have a trim panel removal tool that will also help you get underneath the fastener and pull it out. You just have to work from side to side until they loosen up. There are a couple of Phillips head fasteners here so we'll go ahead and just take a Phillips screwdriver and undo those. Some of them just like to come right out and some of them can put up a little fight. Just work your way across and remove them. Now let's go ahead and set this aside for re-installation later. Now, if you're able to turn your wheel in you'll have more access here to the inner fender well.


Transmission Cooler Installation - 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan

Today in our 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan, we're going to review and install the Derale transmission cooler part number D13503. Now to begin our install, we're going to open up the hood. We need to remove the front fascia to gain access to a location to mount our transmission cooler. To remove the front fascia, we'll start here at the top, removing the 4 fasteners. The 2 on the outside will be screws, or bolts, and the 2 on the inside will be push-pin fasteners. We'll go ahead and remove the push-pin fasteners first using our flat blade screw driver, prying the center of the fastener up and then removing it.


Transmission Cooler Installation - 2014 Nissan Frontier

Today on our 2014 Nissan Frontier we're going to install the Derale Series 8000 plate fin transmission cooler kit, part number D13502. Now to begin our install we're going to go ahead and remove the front grille. To remove the front grille we'll need to remove the multiple push pin fasteners that hold it in place. To remove the push pin fasteners we'll pry up on the center of the fastener and then remove it completely, just using a thin flat-bladed screwdriver. Now, behind the grille at the lower portion of it there are two more push pin fasteners, one on each corner. Go ahead and pry it free, then pull it out. Now with all our push pin fasteners removed, here along the bottom edge we just reach behind the front grille and gently pry it up on the six tabs to release them from the front bumper fascia.


Derale 8000 Plate Fin Transmission Cooler Installation - 2008 Ford Escape

Today on our 2008 Ford Escape, we'll be installing the Duralli Transmission Cooler, part number D13501. To begin our install, we've already gone ahead and opened up the hood and we'll need to remove the front grill. To remove the front grill, there are multiple fasteners. Starting here at the top, we'll remove the two fasteners. Then we can pull slightly back on the grill, and locate two additional screw fasteners that secure the lower portion of the grill to the front bumper fascia. Now, once we remove both screws, one on each side, we'll need to remove two nuts that go over screw studs built into the front grill. We'll go ahead and repeat the same process on the other side.


Transmission Cooler Installation - 2006 Jeep Commander

Today on our 2006 Jeep Commander we'll be installing the Derale Series 8000 plate-fin transmission cooler kit, part number D13503. Note, we'll be using the Derale snap-in radiator fitting to make our connection, part number D13035. Now let's go ahead and begin our install. First we'll need to gain access to the transmission cooler lines. To do this we're going to remove the front grill assembly. To remove the front grill assembly there are a total of six push pin fasteners across the top that will need to be removed. The remove the push pin fasteners we'll use our flat blade screwdriver to pry up in the center of the fastener and then remove the fastener completely.


Derale Series 9000 Transmission Cooler Installation - 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche

Today, in the Chevy Avalanche well be installing the Derale Series 9000 Plate-Fin Transmission Tool Kit, part number D13611. To begin our install, well first go ahead and open the hood. Then remove the three push-pin fasteners going across the top of the engine bay. To remove these fasteners well use our flat blade screw driver and pry out on the center of the fastener and then completely remove it. Next, using a plastic pry tool or a flatbed screwdriver, and begin working the front clip off as itll unlock the fasteners underneath. Starting on the corners first and then working our way towards the middle.


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Transmission Coolers Questions and Answers

  • Bypassing Factory Transmission Cooler on a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder
  • It is possible to install a transmission cooler and bypass the factory transmission cooler on your 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. This is not recommended by manufacturers, but it is possible. You will want to get the largest transmission cooler that will fit your vehicle. I do not know the area that you have available to install a transmission cooler, but if it will fit, I would recommend the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit, part # D13504. The overall dimensions for this cooler...
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  • Installing Derale Transmission Cooler to Replace OEM Cooler on 2007 Nissan Frontier SE
  • The Derale transmission coolers we sell are designed more as a supplemental cooler that is meant to augment the factory transmission cooler portion of the radiator, not replace it entirely. If you are experiencing the common problem with the radiator leaking causing the engine coolant contaminating the transmission fluid, your best bet really would be to have the original radiator replaced. I did a Google search using the keywords Nissan Radiator Problem and found that Nissan has extended...
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  • Comparison of Plate and Fin Style Transmission Coolers and Tube and Fin Style Transmission Coolers
  • The difference between the plate and fin style, # D13504, and the tube and fin style cooler, # D12904, is that the plate and fin models can cool better than the tube and fin models. You will notice that plate and fin coolers with the same rating as tube and fin coolers are smaller in size. Basically, the plate and fin cooler provides more surface area to extract heat from the transmission oil and also has internal turbulator technology to help the oil to cool faster and prevent pressure...
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  • Which Transmission Cooler is Recommended for a Nissan Frontier with 6,500 Pound Towing Capacity
  • The best way to decide which class cooler you need is to take a look at what you will be towing and where. If you will be towing a light load, less than 2,000 pounds, in flat driving conditions, your vehicle will do fine with a Class I. If you will be towing 6,000 pound load through some hills, I would use the Class III cooler. I prefer the 8000 and 9000 series. They are built a little heavier and are more resilient. The 7000 series are built a little lighter and can be damaged more...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2007 Chevy Silverado 4x4 with Tow Package and 5.3 Liter
  • The ideal operating temperature for the transmission and fluid is between 160 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Transmission fluid cannot be overcooled, so adding an aftermarket cooler would be a good idea as factory coolers can be inadequate for towing applications. The Derale Transmission Cooler, # D13502, is one of the recommended coolers for the 2007 Chevy Silverado with the 5.3 liter engine. Since you are towing upwards of 9,000 pounds, I would recommend a higher capacity cooler like...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendations for a 2002 F-350 with the 7.3L Diesel
  • Transmission fluid should run below 200 degrees Fahrenheit. At 240 degrees you definitely need to make some sort of change to reduce the temperature. I would first recommend having the transmission checked by a qualified automotive technician to be sure it is performing properly. This will assure you that no damage has been caused to the transmission and you will not be stranded. Installing a transmission cooler will not reverse any damage that may have already been caused. If you find...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2005 Hummer H2
  • The most efficient transmission cooler we offer that is a Class IV would be the Derale 16-Row, High-Performance, Stacked-Plate Cooler # D51608. The dimensions of this cooler are 13 inches wide x 6-9/16 inches tall x 2 inches deep. You will need to measure the room you have in front of your radiator, but most likely this would work for you. You will also need a few adapters. It is hard to say for certain what lines you do have, but you will need a Derale Snap-In Radiator Adapter Fitting...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendations for a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.0L
  • When it comes to installing an aftermarket transmission cooler you will want to choose the largest and highest rated transmission cooler that will fit on your 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD 6.0L because transmission fluid cannot be over cooled. Aftermarket transmission coolers are supplemental coolers and are designed to be install in-line with your factory transmission coolers return line. Transmission coolers with fans like the Derale 16-Pass Electra-Cool Remote Transmission Cooler...
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  • How To Find the Transmission Cooler Return Line From Radiator on a 1993 Chevy C2500
  • The best way to determine which line on a transmission cooler is the return line from the radiator is to use the following procedure: 1. Start engine while engine is cold 2. Place transmission shift lever in drive for no more than 10 seconds 3. Place in Park, stop engine, and remove keys 4. Identify the oil return line by feeling both oil lines. The coolest line is the oil return line. On the aftermarket transmission cooler the ports are not input specific or output specific. It...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2013 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • All vehicles with an automatic transmission have a factory transmission cooler. Normally it is located inside the radiator but it can also be outside of the radiator. Trucks that have a tow package often have a larger cooler that is outside of the radiator. Regardless of where your factory cooler is located, you can still add a supplemental cooler because transmission fluid cannot be over cooled. You are correct about towing in warmer weather and in the mountains. It will increase the...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2011 Chevy Silverado with 5.3 Liter Engine
  • The optimum temperature for transmission fluid is between 160 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit (70 to 93 degrees Celsius) so at 240 (116 Celsius) you were definitely above that range. When towing up a high at low speeds using a low gear or towing mode, if available, would be the correct way to go about towing the trailer. I would recommend adding a transmission cooler to your 2010 Chevy Silverado. I would use a class III or higher cooler rated for at least 6,000 pounds. You can use # D13503...
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  • Is a Transmission Cooler Needed for Towing with a 2013 Nissan Altima 2.5 Liter And CVT Transmission
  • Installation of a Transmission cooler, like the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler # D13503, to cool the constant variable transmission fluid in the transmission on your 2013 Nissan Altima would be a good choice, especially if you are towing. A transmission cooler will help prolong the life of the transmission and will not cause any damage, as long as it is properly installed inline on the transmission return line. Testing has shown that for every 20 degrees of cooling...
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  • Transmission and Engine Oil Cooler Recommendation for a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan
  • If you were looking for a transmission cooler for your 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan, then I would recommend the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler, # D13502, that you referenced. This transmission cooler is rated for up to 6,000 lbs and the ideal installation location is in front of the AC condenser or radiator. The installation process could take some time for someone who does not have experience installing aftermarket coolers in vehicles. For those who are mechanically inclined,...
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  • Why are Transmission Coolers Installed on the Fluid Return Line After the Radiator Mounted Cooler
  • The biggest reason that transmission cooler manufacturers and vehicle manufacturers want transmission coolers installed after the factory cooler rather than before it is because the transmission cooler in the radiator is surrounded by the coolant in the radiator. The transmission fluid leaving the radiator mounted cooler can be cooled further by the aftermarket transmission cooler. Installation before the OEM radiator mounted transmission fluid cooler would negate most or all of the...
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  • Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with 4.8 Liter Engine
  • The ideal operating temperature for transmission fluid is between 160 to 200 degrees. Your 2009 Chevy Silverado does have a factory transmission cooler, but factory coolers are often inadequate for towing. Since your fluid is reaching 250 degrees, you would benefit greatly from a transmission cooler. For your 2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 with the 4.8 liter engine, I recommend the Derale Transmission Cooler, # D13503. This is a class III cooler rated for up to 6,000 pounds gross trailer...
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  • Location of Transmission Lines on a 2001 Ford Ranger For addition of a Transmission Cooler
  • One of my co-workers here happens to have a 2001 Ford Ranger with 4.0 Liter engine and automatic transmission, so I went out and checked under the hood. The transmission lines are located at the drivers side radiator tank, see photo, and run down, then across to the passengers side before turning back and running to the transmission. You should check your vehicle because different vehicle accessories or packages and the engine size and drive train may affect the location of the transmission...
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  • Recommendation For Transmission Cooler on 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LS With 4.8 Liter V8
  • Ideally you want to keep the temperature of the transmission fluid in the 160 to 200 degree range. You cannot cool transmission fluid too much. Transmission coolers are universal fit items so you will want to measure the space you have in front of your air conditioning condenser or your radiator to see what size cooler will fit your 2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. Installing an additional transmission cooler in-line with the current transmission cooler would help in cooling the transmission...
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  • Recommendations for Cooling a C4 Transmission in a 1966 Ford Bronco Rock Crawler
  • It sounds to me like you will definitely want to upgrade your transmission cooler. Since you will not have a cooler that is being cooled by the fluid running through the radiator, I agree that you will need to upgrade or add a cooler to your system. Heat Sink Coolers like the Dual-Pass Heat Sink Transmission Cooler, item # D13266, that you referenced are not nearly as efficient as a plate and fin cooler or a cooler with an electric fan added. If you are running an electric fan with...
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  • Will the Transmission Cooler Snap-In Radiator Adapter Fitting Leak Transmission Fluid
  • If the Snap-In fitting, item # D13035, or the OEM transmission line snap fitting is removed from the radiator on your 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, you will leak some transmission fluid that will need to be replaced. You will not leak any anti-freeze because the fluids are not mixed. The anti-freeze coolant is circulated around the outside of a small transmission cooler that is installed in the radiator tank. If your snap fitting is leaking before the installation of the transmission cooler,...
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  • Installing Transmission Cooler on 2009 Chevy Silverado Without Cutting Transmission Lines
  • Assuming that your Silverado 3500 has the 6.0L engine, you can indeed install a transmission cooler without tapping into any lines. The # D13504 cooler you referenced would be an excellent choice. You would also use the # D13035 radiator fitting. The most efficient location to mount the cooler itself is directly behind the grille, in front of the radiator and A/C condenser. The installation would involve simply removing the existing transmission return line from its connection at the...
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