Hi, I have a 2000 V8 4.7L Grand Cherokee Jeep.It has a factory installed class four hitch/towing package. Recently replaced radiator. I bought a new boat and now truck almost overheated going over local mountain pass-needle wnet into the red and I had to stop for 1 hr to let the engine cool down I see you guys sell a transmission cooler kit-D13504. Is this something I can add to my truck to help keep the engine cool/prolong my engine -I dont want to buy a new truck just to go over the mountain 2 x/yr Thanks
asked by: Antony E
A transmission cooler will not help your engine run cooler. A transmission cooler is a fraction of the size of an engine radiator. I would first check the vehicle owner manual to see what the towing capacity of the vehicle is. Make sure you do not exceed that figure with your boat. Doing so could damage any number of components on the vehicle such as the engine, transmission, suspension, rear-end etc.
There are some aftermarket parts available that can help so long as you are within the weight capacity of the vehicle. You can use a larger aftermarket all-aluminum radiator. Aluminum dissipates heat very quickly and a larger cooler with more surface area will allow more heat to dissipate off the engine coolant. You can also go with larger or dual electric fans that will pull more air through the radiator, again removing more heat from the engine coolant. I have added a link to our electric fan department below. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute. The higher this number, the more air the fan moves. Look for the fan or fans with the highest CFM rating that will fit your vehicle. You will need to measure the space on the back side of the radiator.
There is one more trick you can use to help the engine cool more efficiently. The coolant that flows through your engine block and the radiator is a mix, usually 50-50, of water and antifreeze. Water is what absorbs heat from the block, transfers it to the radiator, and the air moving over the radiator pulls the heat off. Antifreeze does not hold any heat. The only purpose of antifreeze is to keep the water from freezing in the winter.
In the summer, you can thin the mixture and use more water, say 80-20 water to antifreeze. This will provide more heat transfer from the block to the radiator. Make sure, especially if you are in an area that gets very cold in the winter, to return the mix to 50-50 or whatever is appropriate for your climate.
expert reply by: Patrick B
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