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Old 05-06-2003, 15:23   #1 (permalink)
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A question about transmission coolers.

I am going to add a transmission cooler to my EF Wgn. First I looked at a generic model from supercheap for $85, then a factory add on tow pack model from Ford spares $139. The Ford cooler is seriously one quarter the size of the generic. I realise this is an add on to the cooler which sits in the radiator. Is the Ford cooler good enough and sufficient, also as a kit the mounting brackets etc are included. Or should I go for the much larger and less expensive generic. Would the larger model possibly be a nightmare to fit as well because I can't see a lot of spare room in front of the radiator.
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Size isn't the real measure of the performance of the cooler. The Ford units are a fin and plate type which provide much better heat transfer than the coil type marketed by supercheap etc.

I have been towing a two tonne plus trailer in my EB and had no probs so far, however the oil temp is still getting high. On the EA I went to the Ford wrecker and bought the Ford oil cooler and all fittings for around $40. However, it will need new hoses when you fit to your car.

My solution is going to be fitting two (in series) Ford coolers as this allows a larger open area of cool air flow to the a/c condensor.
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