Today we will be working on a 2007 Dodge Caravan. We will be installing Derale part number D13501. Our first step before our installation is actually going to be removing the air dam here. We have a bunch of small plastic rivets that will have to be removed. Now we have five across the back to do. Our next step is going to be to remove the front clip of the vehicle. In order to do that, we have two screws on the inner fender well. I am going to go ahead and start on the passenger side. I am going to repeat the same process on the driver side. Across the top of the front clip I have a 10 millimeter bolt we are going to remove. We have a couple of push pins. We have two more attachment points to get our front clip removed. There is a bolt here that attaches to this fender well and there is a bolt here that attaches to this fender well. In order to access this one, we are going to remove the headlight bucket to get to it. We are just going to slip our headlight bucket up and out of the way. We will set it over here. You cans see here is our attachment point that we need to get to. Ok, there is one. Now we will get the one on the inner fender well. Before we remove the front clip we are going to go ahead and remove the fog lights. In order to do that, you actually just want to twist and pull. Now we are ready to remove the front clip. 1:41
Now that we have our front clip removed, we need to find a suitable location to mount our external cooler. What I want to do now is do a test fit. But, in order to do that, I am going to remove the current transmission cooler from the radiator support and hold down. As you can see, I can pull that away from the support brackets. I think that will give us enough room to get our tie-downs in. Now that we have our location prepped, what we want to do is prep our new transmission cooler. And to do that, we will remove the caps off the cooler. I am going to take just a little bit of the transmission fluid from the vehicle. I will smear that on the fitting to make it a little easier for our line to get on. Before I put that line on, I want to go ahead and install my clamp. As you can see, we have pushed it all of the way to the neck of the cooler. I can go ahead and bring my clamp around and tighten it down. Ok, now that our clamp is secure, we have essentially prepped our new transmission cooler to be ready to fit on the vehicle. Now what I am going to do is go ahead and mount it in position. And then we will cut our hoses to fit once we make our connections. The upper, right hand corner of the transmission cooler is a perfect location to install it. 3:07
So we will go ahead and take our pads that we will fit in between our transmission cooler and the manufacturer cooler. And I am just going to start my tie-downs to hold the pad in place. Ok, let us go ahead and mount it on the vehicle now. This time I just want to get them started going through and gently work them in. Then I can go ahead and take my caps and put them on the back side. Once I have it firmly in place, I can go ahead and repeat the same procedure for all four tie-downs. Now we have our transmission cooler mounted. I am going to go ahead and cut off the excess from our tie-downs. We are going to set up to make the connection to our OEM steel line. First what I want to do is remove this snap ring. For ease of installation, we have gone ahead and removed the wire connector and just set it out of our way. Here I am going to go ahead and remove this side of our bracket just to give me a little more room when working with our line. 4:20
Ok, now that we have our line free from the vehicle and before I start losing transmission fluid, I want to go ahead and set up my tubing cutter. I can go ahead and start the cutting process. Now that we have separated the two lines, we are going to make our connections with our new hoses. Before I do that, a simple tech tip for just giving yourself a little more grip with the cut line is to actually take your screw driver and flair out the edges of the line you just cut. Now that we have completed that, I am going to go ahead and line up to see where I want to cut my hose. We will go ahead and cut our line to fit. I am going to go ahead and put my clamp on the line. Take my line that we just flared out from the vehicle and work it on to our hose. Now I can go ahead and reposition it on the vehicle and tighten down my clamp. Now that we have our clamp secured, we can reinstall our c-clip on our manufacturer line. That completes one side of our new cooler. We are going to go ahead and repeat the same process for the other steal line that we cut and install that now. 5:38
Now that we have all of our clamps and hoses installed, our new transmission cooler is installed. We can go ahead and start reinstalling the transmission line clamp. What I have done is gone ahead and started my engine. I just want to check all of my connections. Make sure they are not going to leak before we reassemble everything. And now that we have all of our connections checked, we can go ahead and start reassembling. We have completed the installation of our new transmission cooler. Now we need to check fluid levels. First we will take a shot of the dipstick. You can see here our first mark and below is where we need to add. Then our first two holes mark where the transmission level should be when it is cold. And our second two holes mark where the transmission level should be when it is hot. You can see we are just barely above the second cold mark. So we are going to need to add about a quarter or half a quart of transmission fluid to bring it up to the hot mark as it is that time of year. That completes the installation of transmission cooler, part number D13501, by Derale.