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Old 05-10-2012, 02:10 AM
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Question Trans temp and solutions....

On my first trip towing 4300 lbs through some steep long mountains my trans got up to 210 a few times. This was in tow haul and I have the heavy duty towing package what ever that means, also 3.92s. Do they make a fan just for the trans cooler? Other options? Is this really anything to be concerned about if it was for a brief period? Also, will the evic warn me at a certain temp if it gets too high? Thanks.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:05 AM
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It's not really anything to be concerned about, although a little cooler is always better at that temperature range. The stock electric fan will kick on if the the transmission temperature gets too high, although I don't know the exact temperature, but think it's much higher than 210 deg F. Maybe transengineer knows the exact temperature.

You could add and aluminum transmission pan. Aluminum dissipates heat faster than steel, and also it will likely be finned which provides better cooling. Also, many are larger capacity and hold more fluid, which helps keep temperature down too. They usually run $250+ for a brand new pan.

Otherwise, you'd be looking at an aftermarket cooler.

It would be wise to perform regular transmission services when using the truck for "heavy" use though. Maybe change the fluid every 50,000 miles instead of 100,000 miles. Cheap insurance.
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At least you know what it is. My dealer screwed up my truck order and I didn't get the EVIC with it and am still fighting. The rpimary reason for me to buy the truck was for towing. Ordered the integrated trailer brake package just fo the at reason. They figured, "we can get the truck from another dealer and just add on the brake controller, that oughtta do it" not thinking that maybe the truck comes with other features from the factory.
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^shouldn't have accepted the truck...wasn't what you ordered.
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^shouldn't have accepted the truck...wasn't what you ordered.
Was told that "when you plug the trailer in the features show up on the odo display" Hadn't actually seen a truck with EVIC didn't know any different. Took it home and when it didn't work went straight back thte the dealer, they said "nothing we can do for you" Thinking of sueing for unethical sales tactics.

Sorry for hijakcing your thread OP.
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I'm with you on that. I can't believe they made the truck and left off that important feature. I bought mine because we tow our travel trailer about once per month. Little did I know mine didn't have anything to check the transmission temp ether??? Seems like a pretty important thing to monitor in my book. Oh well...Guess I will know better next time.
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The tow package includes the EVIC for monitoring temps, the HD Trans cooler (fluid is cooled when the main fan/fans kick on at 210 degrees and bring the radiator temp down to 180, I don't think there is a separate fan for the trans cooler, I could be wrong though.) I would definately change the fluid every 25k or less if you are towing.
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