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    Default 2003 Tahoe Z71 4L60E External Transmission Cooler Relocation

    It appears that my 2003 Tahoe Z71's 4L60E Transmission needs more cooling than the current setup provides. It has an external cooler, as well as, the route through the radiator. It appears that the supercharger's air-to-water intercooler, which sits in front of the transmission cooler, blocks enough air that the transmission fluid is getting too hot? How hot is unknown-Don't have a temp gauge on the trans fluid.
    I have changed to Dextron VI is that enough?
    I would like to relocate the external cooler from behind the intercooler. Is that possible? To where? It needs air flow. It needs protection from road and rocks.
    Is the quick disconnect on the transmission and radiator a pipe thread fitting that can be changed to stainless braid aircraft fittings and hoses? Just to cut off mis-information, I have the quick disconnect tool required to disconnect the line from the transmission fitting. I mean the disconnect fitting that threads into the trans.
    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
    Bill M. Blown 2003 Tahoe Z71

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    No one seems to have any ideas out there??
    Bill M. Blown 2003 Tahoe Z71

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    Appears to be getting to hot? Temperature not known. So what brings you to the conclusion that it needs more cooling capacity?
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    Hello Bill. Its a holiday weekend so I'm sure alot of people we off the site till the weekend is over. I'm sure someone here can help you.
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    might be easier to plumb in another cooler then move the stock one.

    Alex


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    A wise old transmission rebuilder told me to bypass the so-called cooler in the radiator. Its main function is to use the heated coolant to bring the tranny fluid up to operating temp in cooler climates. In warmer climates or under heavy use your engine runs at 210 degrees if not more which is higher then the recommended temps for tranny fluid. I realize that the cooler is on the cool side of the radiator but why would you want the added heat from the coolant transfering to the tranny fluid. He also recommended I run a temp gauge and put in a Flexalite trans cooler with a small cooling fan attached. I mounted it in the return line up under the body. I also change fluid every 6 months with a high quality filter and fluid. He obviously knows his sheet because my 4l60e just rolled over 180,000 miles with lots of towing my 28' toyhauler in the Arizona heat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonduff View Post
    A wise old transmission rebuilder told me to bypass the so-called cooler in the radiator. Its main function is to use the heated coolant to bring the tranny fluid up to operating temp in cooler climates. In warmer climates or under heavy use your engine runs at 210 degrees if not more which is higher then the recommended temps for tranny fluid. I realize that the cooler is on the cool side of the radiator but why would you want the added heat from the coolant transfering to the tranny fluid. He also recommended I run a temp gauge and put in a Flexalite trans cooler with a small cooling fan attached. I mounted it in the return line up under the body. I also change fluid every 6 months with a high quality filter and fluid. He obviously knows his sheet because my 4l60e just rolled over 180,000 miles with lots of towing my 28' toyhauler in the Arizona heat.
    With the.....Flexalite trans cooler.....what is your Transmission Temps running at Now??

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