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Old 01-08-2010, 09:51 PM   #15
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Thanks! I noticed some unkind words about installing on the 3.0, which is what we happen to have. I know a really good local garage, so I may let them have the honor. Either way, it looks like a very practical mod.

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Regarding the comment on cold weather use and tranny cooler - I put on a new style Long by Dana. It has a low temp bypass designed into it - when fluid is cold and thinker it goes through the bypass - as it warms up it travels through the smaller cooler fins.

Also, for those without much 'cooler' experience - Honda strongly recommends both a tranny AND power steering cooler. I have lots of mechanical experience and laughed when they suggested a larger PS cooler for towing - then I read some engineering data - boy was I surprised. It seems the heat buildup from PS is faster than the tranny - I didn't hesitate to put two coolers on my 2007 Honda Ody!

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Old 01-09-2010, 12:19 AM   #16
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When I put one on my car in 2002 I paid attention to the low temp bypass, as I was in Minnesota at the time. It seemed then that it was a pretty common feature. I wonder if it's "standard" now, or if you (still) have to seek it out? I suspect the former but I don't know as I haven't checked into it at all since 2002 (and even then was only looking for my specific vehicle).

In other words, I wonder if it is still a new/optional feature, or if they all have it now?

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Old 01-09-2010, 10:04 AM   #17
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When I put one on my car in 2002 I paid attention to the low temp bypass, as I was in Minnesota at the time. It seemed then that it was a pretty common feature. I wonder if it's "standard" now, or if you (still) have to seek it out? I suspect the former but I don't know as I haven't checked into it at all since 2002 (and even then was only looking for my specific vehicle).

In other words, I wonder if it is still a new/optional feature, or if they all have it now?

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I checked mine before ordering it, and the B&M Supercooler I purchased does have that bypass feature. I don't know if they all have that feature but I feel that it's an important feature even in FL, where they are having freezing temperatures this week. I heard on the news today that every state had freezing temperatures today in some part of the state, except Hawaii.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:35 PM   #18
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Hello, I'm new to this forum and new to towing a fiberglass travel trailer. As a newbie I've been spending alot of time in the archives and gleaning lots of good information. You seem like a great group of people who are enjoying your trailers and willing to share your expertise.

I recently purchased a UHaul 13 ft trailer and am planning on a trip to Yellowstone N.P. this coming May. My tow vehicle is a 1992 Toyota Previa and I'm in the process of getting it tow ready.

I have lots of questions, however, right now I'm trying to decide on a transmission cooler for my Previa. Does anyone have an opinion on this cooler:

http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/details/...widteT52zf#desc

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Old 01-16-2010, 11:13 PM   #19
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Check out the coolers at JC Whitney. Great prices.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/jcwhitney/textsea...equestid=977928


They also have a catalog just for campers.
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Old 01-17-2010, 11:51 AM   #20
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Thank You Darwin,
This gets me to: Is a plate type radiator better than the tube and fin type?

The difference in price between that first unit I was looking at and the heavy duty model JCW sells isn't huge. One unit is smaller, however, access to the front of the radiator on the previa isn't difficult, so size isn't a deciding factor if the efficiency are equal. Is one better than the other? Toyota (like alot of "modern" vehicles) seem to hide alot of the effective radiator behind plastic fairings, grill and bumper. So larger area will mean more area hidden/blocked from good air flow behind some sort of fairing etc. Smaller area could be placed better but then it is taking away from the "choice" area of the actual radiator.

Is this a simple matter of "You pay your money and take your chance?

Am I over thinking this?

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Old 01-17-2010, 12:11 PM   #21
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We had AAmco put in a transmission cooler into our 1988 Toyota Landcruiser, and it worked fine. We towed up to 10K feet and never overheated. Towing capacity was 3500lbs. and we had a loaded Scamp 16.

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Old 01-17-2010, 04:10 PM   #22
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Thanks Francene, but I'm a DIY sort of guy and this looks like something I can do. Besides by doing something oneself one can always find the responsible party when things go awry.

In my search for info I came across the following site which is for a book. Now I'm not saying buy the book just that the site allows the viewer to read some passages from the book. In this case there is a good deal of info on transmission coolers: the differences in types, pros and cons etc. In case the link doesn't take one to the page it starts on page 191 and runs for several pages. Here's the link:

http://books.google.com/books?id=KKPcTD4nx...;q=&f=false

At the moment the JCW site seems to be selling what I'm looking for at a good price especially considering the free shipping offered as a promo.


And since everyone likes photos, here is a photo of our UHaul which we have named "Happy Camper". 1984 and everything still works and is close on original (although the over stove exhaust fan is a bit noisy).

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I really donít think you would have a problem with either type of cooler as you are pulling such a light load. Some on this forum in the past have said the plate coolers are better however for your application I donít think it would matter. If I was doing it, I would install what would best meet my budget.

As far as enough air going through the cooler, JCW even has coolers with fans attached. This means you could mount the cooler in places other than in front or behind the radiator.

Consider installing a heat gauge with it.
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:57 AM   #24
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Hi,

I appreciate all the discussions in the Forum, it's been very helpful for us newbies

I took our Honda CRV in today as the ABS is messed up and when I mentioned to them about towing, they said that we should get a transmission cooler for our '05 Honda CRV. We have a 13 ft Trillium and it's within towing capacity of our Honda.

Is this really a necessity (we'll be driving across the prairies to Interior BC)? Without voiding the warranty, is anyone able to recommend where we could get this done before our in late July?

Much appreciated!
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:53 AM   #25
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We drive a new Subaru Forester. My concern is voiding the 3 year warranty if a cooler is installed as well as living enjoying some very cold days mid winter.

Does anyone know if a dealer installation would void the warranty?
Do you think a bypass cooler takes longer to warm up in the winter time?
Anyone have a newer Subara installed cooler that is still covered under the factory warranty?

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