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Old 03-08-2011, 11:27 AM   #1
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Coolers...Not the drinking kind!!!

Hi: All...I'm trying to find out if I need to add a Tranny Cooler to my Nissan Frontier CC V6 5spd. Auto. trans.
I'm afraid to open the hood incase something bad happens...it usually does, even if I just want to top up the W/Washer juice Alf
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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Re: Coolers...Not the drinking kind!!!

Check with the dealer...it may already be part of the towing package.

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Old 03-09-2011, 12:12 AM   #3
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Re: Coolers...Not the drinking kind!!!

Hi: Garand...Dave I found out from another Frontier owner, who actually works in R&D for Nissan, that all auto. trans'd Frontiers come std. equipp'd. with a trans. cooler. He explained that the fluid from the tranny flows out thru the lower part of the main rad. then thru the cooler in front of the rad. then back into the transmission.
Now I can get my stripe kit from Tammy!!! WOOHOO. Alf
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:05 AM   #4
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Re: Coolers...Not the drinking kind!!!

you can get auxiallary heaters at most auto stores
(Lordco / Bumper to Bumper ect.)
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:51 PM   #5
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Re: Coolers...Not the drinking kind!!!

We just picked up our new 19 (Escape Goat), and I've been wondering the same thing about towing with our '07 V6 4Runner. It pulled great on the flat interstate coming back from Chilliwack, but I am wondering if we should add the transmission cooler before heading into the mountains.
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Old 04-10-2011, 01:52 AM   #6
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Re: Coolers...Not the drinking kind!!!

Your 4-Runner should already have a trans cooler did it come with a factory hitch? Factory towing package will have a trans cooler.
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Re: Coolers...Not the drinking kind!!!

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... I've been wondering the same thing about towing with our '07 V6 4Runner.
We have an older 4Runner which did not come with a transmission cooler. We opted to have one installed prior to picking up our trailer - our route required crossing the continental divide multiple times. Although we could possibly be fine without one, IMO it is better to be safe than sorry. The tranny cooler costs far less than a new transmission if it gets fried not to mention possibly getting stranded somewhere. I'm hoping as a bonus that it increases the longevity of our transmission in general.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:03 PM   #8
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Re: Coolers...Not the drinking kind!!!

Another way to extend the life of your drive train is to change the various fluids - engine oil, trans, rear end, etc. Its also a good idea to have your cooling system drained and flushed once in a while. See here:
http://autos.yahoo.com/maintain/repa...ques123_0.html
and here:
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/radia...-radiator.html
(apparently the flag for a radiator flush is the pH of the coolant)

Underwear should be changed more frequently.

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