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Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2005 12:35 pm 
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The BTR automatic's worst enemy is HEAT!!!! Trans coolers often fitted for towing as more weight = more slippage in the converter = more heat and need to dissipate this.

But this is also an advantage for non-towing vehicles. The cooler the box runs, the longer the fluid lasts, the longer before the transmission begins to suffer from s**t fluid = better lifespan for the box.

 

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If my ghia has a factory tow bar does this mean it has a cooler from standard?

 

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more than likely. You can see the cooler if you bend down an look in the large vent under your front numberplate. If you have one it looks like a small radiator

 

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If my ghia has a factory tow bar does this mean it has a cooler from standard?


Just have a look in your engine bay. If there's lines coming from the trasmission to the radiator side tank and/or to a seperate cooler then a trans cooler is fitted.

 

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do u use a tranny cooler when u got manual? or it doesnt need it

 

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do u use a tranny cooler when u got manual? or it doesnt need it


You can but havent heard of them fitted on T5. My housemate used to have an RX2/Capella and that damn thing had a cooler for everything.. including engine oil.

 

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do u use a tranny cooler when u got manual? or it doesnt need it


It doesn't need it, and there are no connections for the lines or a pump.

 

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IS it the case where 'bigger is better?

 

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IS it the case where 'bigger is better?


not sure what you mean?? bigger tranny cooler?

 

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That's a little personal isnt it? Oh right.... bigger trans coolers...

Similar to radiator and interooler theory.. generally, the bigger the better cooling ability. I guess just a matter of deciding how much heat you need to get out of the trans. If you tow a caravan around then the torque converter is gonna be working pretty hard and generating some serious heat.... if just a sporty sedan then a small external cooler would be fine. Heck, im running standard side-tank cooler on my trans (for now...) and no dramas yet.

 

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You can use them, but they arent generally on manuals. Theres less stress oon the fluid as its only there to lubricate in a manual, unlike the autos. Still, it cant really hurt

 

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