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Old 01-04-2004, 10:19 PM
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Engine and Tranny coolers

I am thinking about adding about Engine Oil and Tranny Oil coolers to my 2001 Malibu. The car has a 3100 V6 with a 4 spd auto tranny. Is there anything special I need to know?

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Old 01-04-2004, 10:24 PM
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Why? Are you having problems that require extra cooling? I would just leave it stock.
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Old 01-04-2004, 10:38 PM
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I would like the extra insurance. That and I plan on doing some light towing in the near future, also I sit in a lot of stop and go traffic. So i figure the small price for the coolers would save me a little money on repairs.

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I wouldn`t add a oil cooler unless I was cruising at a high RPM at a good lenth of time. as for a tranny cooler, I add them to all vehicles, new or old, it`s good insurance and a good idea, I never trust the stock cooler in the radiator. one incident I recall was the 86 Buick park avanue we had with a 3.8 V6, running it up about 170 miles from here, the radiator split off on one side, a majority of the coolant came out, but the brilliant minds at GM at the time hadn`t considered the injection would just richen the mixture to keep it cool when it did this, so we ran it a long way, not knowing there wasn`t any water in it, when the temp light finally came on, it was too late, the tranny was completely cooked, it still had all it`s gears, but would only pull to about 3000 RPM before it disengauged completely, it cost in those days $900 to get it rebuilt, Had we just added the tranny cooler then, that 50 bucks spent would have saved us $900.
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the trans cooler is i wonderful thing most good trans guys will tell you to delete the water tube in your rad water makes a mess of an autos insides it only takes a small fracture in the tube
as for an engine oil cooler if your prepard to out lay the $'s for one
go a head the oil inside your engine dose a heap of cooling under those pistons gets almost white hot your oil will last longer and better oil for longer = less wear if your car is running hot an oil cooler will only help the main heat transfer is from the radiator
a clean out every three years is a good thing
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Old 01-04-2004, 11:48 PM
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Definitely add a tranny cooler, but before adding an engine oil cooler find out what your oil temperature is before you change things the computer might pick up as a "potential problem".
And then I would only add a small one.
The newer cars intentionally run hotter temp's for the simple reasoning of emissions control, in case you haven't noticed the fading away of air injection pumps as the newer vehicles are coming out, with less harmful emission gasses.
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Old 01-05-2004, 12:50 AM
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I am deffinately installing the tranny cooler as soon as I can afford one. Shouldn't be too long. As for the oil cooler, that might come some time later, not anytime soon. Thanks guys.

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Give me a call : 985-386-9292 or email musky70401@yahoo.com. I have oil and trans. coolers; what size you need? I collect them and hang in shop so when I build a project I add them on . Mike in Hammond , LA Tonight LSU are national champnions of college football
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Sup Musky, Hammond ain't far from me at all, I am in Abita Springs. What type of coolers do you have, and what are your prices like? I was thinking of going with a Perma Cool thin line cooler, the 1011 model.

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I just take them off of vehicles ; different sizes ! For a fellow hotrodder $ 10 each . 30 minute ride ; Abita to Hammond.
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