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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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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.


Derale Transmission Cooler Installation - 2005 Nissan Pathfinder

Today on our 2005, Nissan Pathfinder, we'll be installing the Derale Series 8000, Plate Fin Transmission Cooler Kit, part number D13504. Before we can begin installation, we'll first need to remove the lower rock guard. To remove the rock guard there are multiple fasteners that will need to be removed. Were going to go ahead and remove the front grill. To remove the front grill we've got multiple fasteners across the top, and on the front.Then once the fasteners are removed we'll reach inside the grill and release the plastic fasteners holding it to the bumper cover. Now we'll go ahead and remove the grill and set it aside.


Derale Dyno-Cool Transmission Cooler Installation - 2006 GMC Savanna Van

Today on our 2006 GMC Savana Van, we'll be installing the Derale Dyno-Cool Thin Tube Transmission Cooler kit, part number D12904. Now to begin our install, we've already gone ahead and raised the hood and we're going to remove the front grille so that we can mount our cooler. To remove the front grille, there are two fasteners here at the top. We'll also need to pop the corners free and this will be fascia that runs all the way over to the fender and around the front blinker. Now to remove the front fascia here at the corners, we'll need to pull the blinker assembly out and remove the fastener behind it. To pull the blinker assembly out, there's a gray snap fastener that secures it in the corner. Using a flat blade screwdriver or a plastic pry bar, we can pull the taillight assembly out.


Transmission Cooler Installation - 2001 Ford Explorer

Today on our 2001 Ford Explorer we'll be installing the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler. Part number D13503. We've gone ahead and located a spot to mount the transmission cooler. Now we just need to gain access. To do this we'll simply remove the front bumper. To remove the front bumper we'll first unplug the electrical, which for this application will be the front fog lights.


Transmission Cooler Installation - 2009 Nissan Xterra

Today on our 2009 Nissan Xterra we'll be installing the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit, part number D13502. Our first step will be removing the manufacturer's grill. To do that, across the top there are six push-pin fasteners to be removed. To remove the push-pin fasteners, we'll take a flat-bladed screwdriver, pry on in the center and then remove the entire push-pin fastener. With all six removed, there are two center attachment points where we'll reach in through the top of the grill, press in the locking tab to release the two attachment points, and then there are four more underneath the center bumper support. We'll press on the locking tab, which will release the grill from its position. Now that we have the grill removed, you can see the fasteners that we're securing it. Now with the vehicle in the cold or cool temperature, we'll go ahead and start and run the vehicle until the transmission warms up, checking the temperature at both the in- and outlet, which will be determined as the vehicle warms up.


Transmission Cooler Installation - 2013 Honda Odyssey

Today on our 2013 Honda Odyssey, we'll be installing the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler kit, part number D13503. To begin our install, we've already opened the hood and we're ready to start removing the upper fasteners for the front fascia and air guard. To remove the pushpin fasteners, we'll use a flat blade screwdriver, get underneath the center of the fastener, pop it up and then remove the fastener. There'll be multiple fasteners that'll need to be removed. Now with all the fasteners removed from the top air guard, we'll go ahead and pull the air guard out of the way. We'll set it aside for re-installation later. Next we'll remove the two bolts securing the top brackets of the upper fascia.


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Transmission Coolers Questions and Answers

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Installation of Oil and Transmission Coolers on 2000 Ford F-250 with 5.4L V8 Engine
  • Most oil and transmission coolers like the Derale Atomic-Cool # D15950 are not vehicle specific so you can install as large (and efficient) a cooler as you have the space to install it. An exception is the pan-type of transmission cooler like the Derale # D14208 which is designed specifically for vehicles with an E4OD, 4R100, 5R100, or 5R100W transmission. Coolers are also NOT fluid-specific to either oil or transmission fluid - they can be used in either application. If you intend to...
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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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  • 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 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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  • Are Transmission Engine Oil and Power Steering Coolers Needed For Towing with a 2007 Honda Pilot
  • Since the manufacturer recommends these aftermarket additions for your Pilot, we cannot suggest differently. The thing to remember is that if you do add these items and a warranty issue comes up, you have shown that you took the proper steps to ensure that your vehicle would perform properly so warranty service should not be a question. Another thing to consider is that heat is the enemy of your engine, transmission, and power steering. Using a cooler will dissipate more heat and prolong...
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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 2006 Chevy 2500HD 4L80E Transmission
  • Good call trying to reduce your transmission fluid temperatures. The cooler the fluid is the longer the transmission will last. The best way to pick out the best cooler for a vehicle is to measure the area in front of the radiator/ac condenser and select the largest cooler to fit there. It also helps to get a stacked plate style cooler as they are the most efficient and pretty small in size. I attached a link to a page that has all of the stacked plate coolers we offer. I also attached...
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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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Recommended Transmission Coolers for a 2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty 7.3 Liter V-8
  • Transmission coolers are not vehicle specific, but there are some that are recommended for your 2001 Ford F-250. The Derale, # D13502 is one of them. Basically, regardless of a super cool feature, you will need to choose a transmission cooler based on where you can mount it. The most efficient place is between the grille and AC condenser core(position A on the picture to the right). The second most efficient place is between the condenser and radiator(position B). In this position, it...
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  • Using an Inline Transmission Filter # D13090 in Conjunction with Transmission Cooler
  • Using an inline transmission cooler like the Derale model, part # D13090 in conjunction with the # D13504 transmission cooler should not present a problem with the transmission pump. The parts are designed to work together. Keep in mind that using the inline filter along with the cooler will add some fluid capacity to the system, make sure to add enough fluid to completely fill the system.
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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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