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Old 07-21-2003, 20:17   #1 (permalink)
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Towing with a Automatic xr6

Hey Guys,

I am about to start towing my boat on with my BA Xr6 ute, and was wondering if I need a oil cooler for the Auto trans, what the go (I have always had a manual, thus never had to worry)

Boat is a 18ft Aluminum, and I have some pretty big hills to climb!

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Re: Towing with a Automatic xr6

It may already have a small one. If the boat is more than 1000kg, then personally I would fit a bigger one.
Cheap insurance, as those autos cost a packet if they decide to play up.

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hmm may is not definate enough ;-) will look tonight, and now will have to look who sell such a beast!
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Re: Towing with a Automatic xr6

contact ford customer service or look in the handbook. They should be able to tell you
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Re: Towing with a Automatic xr6

ahh talk to the people who know what they are talking about, just rang ford, 3 times (call me bedantic) and all 3 times they stated the BA does not need an autocooler, and all were adimate that if you can tow it, you will have not problem (ie size is no problem)

So W00t to Ford...

Rang holden as well, they do not need a cooler, as the engine drains the oil faster than it over heats*, so kudos to them too. (different aproach)

* LS1 engines only.
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Re: Towing with a Automatic xr6

boom boom :-p

but back to the issue at hand -

screw Ford - if you're towing big loads, oil coolers are a Very Good Idea - nothing kills gearboxes faster than heat... not sure how the sports shifty thing works, but i'd imagine it would be the same

perhaps aftermarket?
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Old 07-22-2003, 02:34   #7 (permalink)
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I've towed my ski boat behind two automatic XR6's.

My first one was an ED with a 2300kg tow bar fitted by Ford & they insisted that it have an oil cooler installed.

The next one was an AU1 VCT with a 1600kg tow bar fitted by Ford & it didn't need the cooler.

Neither car gave any transmission problems. Both went over 100,000 ks with normal regular servicing.
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Re: Towing with a Automatic xr6

Auto dosent need an oil cooler as there is one fitted standard.
Fitting an extra cooler will cause auto to run cold stuffing up shift points.
If your unsure definately call the ford factory advice line though.
Pretty sure oil coolers have been on since AU1.
Just make sure to get it serviced.
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Re: Towing with a Automatic xr6

My advise would be to remove the factory cooler and fit the biggest alloy aftermarket one in that you can.
An auto box can never run too cold, especially when towing.
If you want an example of how hot they run, take the car for a light cruise for 5 mins, lift the bonnet and put your hand on the cooler - guaranteed you cant keep your hand on it..

Spend the $$$ on a cooler, and it will save you the $$$$ on an auto in the long run.
Also get the auto serviced every 20'000kms,
Towing should not be a problem, but keep in in 3rd, never use 4th when towing.
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