Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Hickman Nebraska
While the external trans cooler sounds good, I'd rather get the current setup working properly. I have no intention to race this car - I just need to drive to work and back. Plus, I don't think I can do such an undertaking.
a cooler really isn't just for racing, its preventative maintenance. the trans fluid will break down with enough heat, and our transmissions have plenty of it.
just on a daily drive keeping your fluids at a good temp around 170 will double the life of the fluid. while usually for every 10 over 170 it cuts the life in half.
its really not that difficult either. couple of hardline to barbed hose adapters, few feet of oil hose and a good cooler mounted up in the airdam under the car.
takes a few hours removing the bumper skirt, cutting the lines off, cleaning the lines and tightening the fittings, plumping the hose and tying it up out of the way.
i wont say it will double the life of the trans, but it will certainly help a LOT. especially on a 95 trans which wernt know for their reliability. roller clutches, bad valve body designs, accumulator pistons, etc.
RUST!! eating away at me more than the rear fender wells
95 Deep Jewel Green 40th Anniversary Bird / Stock SOHC 190k 96-97 intake swap, 97 Mk8 4R70W, Jmod, 3L27 / energy susp rear spindle, and cobra arm bushings, 93 Mk8 shaft, and LCAs, 225/60r16 on Windstar twin 5spokes, Vogtland 1.6drop springs, Tokico Blues, PBR, and rear-disk swap, 89 SC swaybars