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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 - 2010 Honda Odyssey

Speaker 1: Today in this 2010 Honda Odyssey, we'll be having a look at and showing you how to install the Derale series 8000 plate fin transmission cooler, part number D13502.Now here's what our transmission cooler looks like installed. For video purposes we've left off our radiator cover panel here, so you can see what it looks like. The reason you're going to want an auxiliary transmission cooler on your vehicle, is because the number one killer of automatic transmissions today is heat. By adding an additional or an auxiliary transmission cooler to your vehicle, you can help lower the operating temperature of your transmission thus extending the life of your fluid and the overall life of your transmission itself.Now most vehicles such as this Odyssey here that are equipped with an automatic transmission, already have some sort of a transmission cooler built into them. On this Odyssey's case, it's built into the vehicles' radiator. Now while this is adequate for most situations, if you find yourself towing a trailer or going up mountainous terrain especially with the trailer.


Derale Transmission Coolers D51606 Review

Today, we're going to take a look at the Derale 16-row, high-performance, stacked-plate cooler with the minus six A and N fittings. This cooler will prolong life of your engine or your transmission because it will work as either an engine oil or a transmission cooler. Improves overall performance. Prevents any heat related failures. It will facilitate heat transfer between high-pressure fluids with its furnace-brazed aluminum construction. You can see it is designed with 16 rows with two inch wide turbulator plates for increased capacity and more efficient cooling.


Transmission Cooler Installation - 2017 Honda Pilot

Today on our 2017 Honda Pilot, we'll be having a look at, and installing, the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit. Part number D13503. Here's what our transmission cooler looks like installed. Obviously we have our fascia off right now, but this is so you can get a good look at what it looks like on the vehicle installed. This transmission cooler is a great solution for Honda Pilot's lack of proper transmission cooling if you want to tow a trailer. Honda actually recommends installing an aftermarket transmission cooler if you want to tow a trailer with your Pilot. This class three transmission cooler will help lower transmission temperature.


Flex-a-lite Translife Transmission Cooler Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to review and install the Flex-a-Lite Translife Transmission Cooler. Part number FLX4110. With this part number, this is what you get. This is our transmission cooler right here. We got a nice length of hose to hook up to our transmission lines. We have some barb fittings that hook up our lines to, some matching clamps and also some cushions that'll go between transmission cooler and where we mount it up to. This is a great addition to your vehicle if you're going to do a lot of towing with it.


Flex-a-lite Transmission Coolers FLX4120-6 Review

Today, we're going to take a look at the Flex-a-lite TransLife direct fit Tube & Fin Transmission Coolers. Now, this is a TransLife Transmission Cooler kit that will provide additional cooling to protect your transmission. A transmission cooler can reduce the transmission oil temperature by as much as 30%, and then cooler transmission oil, of course, will give you more reliable, consistent shifts. Under any extreme towing conditions, it will help prevent transmission damage. Now, this is designed to mount in front of the radiator, the air condition, or condenser. Inside the tubes that the oil flows through they do have turbulators and that helps circulate the oil, gives a superior heat transfer. This one is a six pass configuration, and that's because the tube will go or the oil will go in the tube six times through the condenser here.


Flex-a-lite Transmission Coolers FLX41186GMT Review

Today we're going to take a look at the Flex-a-Lite Translife Direct Fit Tube and Fin Transmission Cooler. This is designed to fit the 1999 to 2012 GM trucks and SUVs. Now this Translife transmission cooler kit provides additional cooling to protect your transmission. Transmission cooler can reduce your transmission oil temperature by as much as 30%, and of course cooler transmission oil will give you more reliable consistent shifts under extreme towing conditions, helps prevent any transmission damage. This is designed to mount in front of your radiator or air conditioning condenser. It is a direct fit application. The tubing in here, on the inside, they do have turbulators inside these tubes.


Flex-a-lite Translife Transmission Cooler Installation - 2004 Acura MDX

Today on our 2004 Acura MDX we'll be installing the Flex-A-Lite Translife Transmission Cooler, part number FLX4118. Here's what our transmission cooler looks like once it's installed. As you can see, it's barely noticeable behind our upper grill opening where our Acura emblem is. This transmission cooler will help give us increased transmission life by reducing transmission temperatures during normal driving, hard driving, or when towing a trailer. Acura does recommend the use of a transmission cooler when towing a trailer with the MDX. All right, here's what our transmission cooler kit comes with. We have our transmission cooler itself, which measures 15 inches wide by 7 1/2 inches tall and 3/4 of an inch thick.


Flex-a-lite Translife Direct Fit Transmission Cooler Installation - 2008 GMC Yukon

Today on our 2008 GMC Yukon Denali, were going to take a look at and show you how to install the Flex-a-lite Translife Direct-fit Transmission Cooler. This is a Class 3 Tube and Fin style cooler with barbed fittings. This part number is FLX4118GMT. All right. Now, heres a good comparison look of our aftermarket cooler versus our factory cooler. As you can see our factory cooler does a decent job of helping to cool the transmission, but this is just better.


Flex-a-lite Translife Transmission Cooler Installation - 2014 Kia Sorento

Today, on our 2014 Kia Sorento, we'll be installing the Flex-a-lite Translife transmission cooler, part number FLX4116. Now, this transmission cooler will help extend the life of our transmission by reducing transmission temperatures during extreme driving conditions, such as towing a heavy trailer, or if you're driving in mountainous terrain. You can see how nice and tucked up out of the way our transmission cooler is. It doesn't stick out too far. You can barely notice it behind the grill. Here's what our transmission cooler comes with. We have our transmission cooler here.


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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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  • What is the Towing Capacity of a 2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 with 5.3 Liter Motor
  • For a 2004 GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 with the 5.3 liter the towing capacity will be one of the following depending on how your truck is configured: Regular Cab, Long Bed 3.73 rear end, 8,000 4.10 rear end, 9,000 Crew Cab, Long Bed 3.73 rear end, 7,500 pounds 4.10 rear end, 8,500 pounds Extended Cab, Long Bed 3.73 rear end, 7,600 pounds 4.10 rear end, 8,600 pounds Regular Cab, Short Bed 3.73 rear end, 8,200 pounds 4.10 rear end, 9,200 pounds Extended Cab, Short Bed 3.73...
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  • Tow Capacity of 4x4 2007 Chevy Silverado Classic with 5.3L and Transmission Cooler Recommendation
  • You will want to first consult your vehicle owners manual but based on my research your truck has a standard towing capacity of 7,500 pounds and max towing capacity of 10,500 pounds. The max is usually either with the truck properly equipped or when using weight distribution. Your owners manual should be able to shed some light on this. Even with the truck properly equipped, and/or using weight distribution you will still be near the maximum of the truck. If a more capable truck is...
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  • How to Determine Which Transmission Line is the Return Line for Installing a Transmission Cooler
  • The method we use to determine the correct line to install a transmission cooler on is pretty simple. You want to install the cooler on the return line. To determine which line is the return line you will want to start with your truck totally cooled off. Start the truck and put it in drive, apply the brakes firmly and then apply the accelerator slightly so that the rpms climb. Put the truck back in park and shut it off. Now go out and feel the two lines leaving the radiator. The 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • What do the Class Ratings Mean on the Transmission Cooler Pages
  • You can install a stack cooler in your vehicle. The Class ratings are there as a reference point to a hitch Class. For example if someone has a Class III hitch they can look at coolers, see a Class III and say, hey, I have a Class III hitch so this Class III cooler will be good for me. We tried to just make the choosing process easier by assigning a Class. Transmission coolers are not actually vehicle specific so you can use any one that will fit in the space you have available, included...
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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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  • What is Correct Placement of Derale Dual-Pass Heat Sink Transmission Cooler # D13265
  • Maximum air flow will increase the heat exchange performance of any oil or transmission fluid cooler. This is true for flat plate-fin and tube-fin type coolers that typically mount in front of the air conditioning condenser as well as for heat-sink-type coolers intended for mounting on the frame rail. If mounted in a location that does not provide maximum air flow the cooler will still help to reduce the fluid temperature to some extent but it will not function at its best. If you prefer...
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  • Oil and Transmission Coolers for 1993 Dodge with 250 Cummins Diesel Operated in Desert Climate
  • Since oil and transmission coolers come in a range of sizes and types, and can mount in any location that will provide air flow (or in the case of fan-powered units enough space for convenient mounting) you can install both a secondary transmission cooler and a fan-powered oil cooler. I recommend using a secondary transmission cooler in addition to the OEM unit rather than bypassing it. The secondary cooler will take the already-cooled transmission fluid from the radiator and further...
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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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  • Installing Transmission Cooler on 2009 Chevy Silverado Without Cutting Transmission Lines
  • 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 radiator. The # D13035 fitting would install in its place....
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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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  • Replacement for OEM Transmission Cooler in 2006 Ford Crown Victoria Police Cruiser
  • The aftermarket oil and transmission coolers we offer are intended to supplement OEM coolers that are built into vehicle radiators. These supplementary coolers are typically employed for towing applications. Products like the Derale Series 8000 Plate-Fin Cooler that you referenced, part # D13503, and others that we offer are not intended as replacements for original equipment components. A police-spec vehicle usually has heavy-duty components in the braking, transmission, electrical...
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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 Options for a 1996 Ford F-250 with 7.3 Liter Diesel Engine
  • We currently have 6 transmission coolers that are recommended for your 1996 Ford F-250 with 7.3 liter diesel engine. I have included a link to them below. Even though the Derale Hyper-Cool Remote Transmission Cooler Kit with Fan, -6 AN Inlets - Class V, # D13960, is not on that list, transmission coolers are not technically vehicle specific, so you could install it on your truck with the proper sized fittings. The D13960 comes with -6 AN x 3/8 inch hose barb adapter and one of the recommended...
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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 2004 Chevy Silverado 2500HD with 6.0 Towing a 5th Wheel
  • Given the weight of your trailer and the fact that you tow uphill I recommend going with the largest cooler or most efficient that will fit in the available space you have in the engine compartment of your 2004 Silverado. A stacked plate cooler is going to be the most efficient. For a stacked plate that is very efficient and rated as a Class V I recommend # D13403. It measures 13 inches wide, 7-5/16 inches tall, and 2 inches deep. I also recommend fitting # D13035 so you do not have...
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