Today on this 2006 Honda CR-V we are going to install a transmission cooler part number D13502 from Derale. The best place to mount the transmission cooler is going to be right in front, behind the grill, where it is going to be sitting in front of a condenser for the A/C unit and behind it is the actual radiator unit itself. If you do not have room for it there you can put it between the condenser and the radiator or even behind the radiator, it just depends on the type of vehicle you are working with. :27
Now we have to get behind the grill here, which means we have to take all of this off, the plastic bumper cover and everything so we have access to it. Also, the panel on the bottom here, so we have access to the transmission lines. On the inside here, on the inside of the fender well there is a plastic rivet here and one towards the front of the vehicle that is kind of hidden. All right, now we will go ahead and take apart all the connections so we can take off the bumper cover, which is this black part and the painted part here. 1:32
All right we have full access to our vehicle now. Depending on the transmission cooler go ahead and put it where you want it to sit. How the kits are designed to install is use these long things like a zip-tie. Put it through like so, and it will go through the transmission cooler, condenser, and then the radiator. There is a button on the other side that holds everything together, plus there is a little spacer that goes in between here. That is how they all sit together. In this case, we are going to use something to our advantage. You have these mounting screws here and existing holes on top here, we are actually going to mount our transmission cooler there. The existing hole we just need to enlarge and then we can simply reuse this bolt here. There is a little overlap right here for the second screw, all we are going to do is take tin snips and cut off the corner, have a nice solid mount to the vehicle, and just run our line straight down. This hole on the end here is the perfect set-up for our mount so we will go ahead and drill it out to a 1/ 8 inch size and install a screw to hold it in place. All right what we are going to do is take the pads that came with it, we are actually going to use that to space it out from the vehicle. Make sure you have it in the right spot, the way you want it. Next what we are going to do is slide our lines on to the cooler itself and tuck them down behind. Then we will cut the lines length as we need it underneath. 3:24
It is a good idea to put a little bit of transmission fluid on the line itself to help slide it on and make it a little easier. We will go ahead and mount this up, and then see how much length we need for each line. Tuck our hose behind the steel structure, reinstall the bolt. On the other side we are just going to use a good old sheet metal screw. Next what we are going to do is put two more sip-tie fasteners on the bottom of our transmission cooler here. We are going to use the holes here at the bottom of the transmission cooler and go through the condenser, and then we are actually going to loosen up the condenser so we can get behind the lines and put the fasteners on the other side. Put our fasteners on there, all right we will go ahead and clip off our excess now, and go ahead and bolt this back in place. We can go ahead and start making our connections to the transmission line, this is the line we are going to use. We will take our lines from the cooler and route them the way we want them, get an idea about how much we need to use, and mark off about where we want to cut it. This will have to be cut and pushed on a special fitting right here, the other half of the rubber line from the transmission will go on the other side. The middle part will just stay loose right there, do not use this because you do not have to use this going into the fitting of the factory transmission cooler that is built into the radiator. 4:53
All right we are actually going to reuse our clamp to go onto our new hose here so we will go ahead, we have it loosened up, go ahead and take it off. Take our factory line, put the hose clamp on, slide those two together and tighten those down. All right, next go ahead and fix our lines back up, safe, and out of the way. There is a factory mount right there we can use, it actually will keep everything nice and tidy. We can use a zip-tie somewhere around here to hold it up and out of the way, but other than that we are almost done. Now that we have all the connections made we can start the engine, let it warm up for a minute, and check the system for leaks. Once you check the system for leaks and everything is fine you can start going ahead and putting everything back together. Once you have all your panels reinstalled, get the engine warmed up again and check the fluid level and make sure you have plenty of fluid in there. You may have to add a little bit due to the increased capacity now with the cooler installed. There you have it for part number D13502 from Derale.