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Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2013 Nissan Frontier


I have been told by salesperson that as of 2006 Nissan made the external transmission cooling system standard with all Frontier models thus, there are basically two transmission cooling systems. I want to add a towing package and asked about the external transmission cooler. What is your opinion of their reply?


Expert Reply:

A lot of vehicles have external transmission coolers similar to the Derale Transmission Cooler # D13501 that you referenced. Some of these coolers are adequate for towing whereas others do not keep the fluid cool enough.

My understanding is that there are two transmission coolers on your 2013 Nissan Frontier. One larger one integrated into the radiator and a smaller one downstream of that one.

What we often recommend is installing a larger auxiliary cooler downstream of the cooler in the radiator as it is typically adequate at best for non-towing situations.

The best way to pick out a transmission cooler is to measure the area in front of your radiator and pick out the biggest cooler that would fit in that area. I attached an FAQ article on transmission coolers for you to check out as well as an installation video to show you what all is involved.

The reply that Nissan gave you is technically correct, but I do not believe the stock setup will be adequate if you plan on towing anything.

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Jameson C

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