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Old 12-31-2000, 07:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Transmission gauge/cooler

I've got a 2000 F350 w/ V10 & auto tranny. Who makes a good tranny temp gauge and how long does it take to install for the average nerd. Has anyone added aditional tranny coolers on their tow pkg equipped SD's? I use the truck for occaisional slide in camper trips and was wondering if you think the stock coolers are o.k. or if I need more? Thanks for any help.
p.s. I don't have a lead foot....so won't be trying to conquer any mountains in a hurry.

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Old 12-31-2000, 09:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Transmission gauge/cooler

Yes you do need a tranny cooler. Get a stacked-plate type. Mine's a B&M. It cost me $50, and took about 30 minutes to install.

As for the gauge, I considered it, but didn't buy one yet. I'll tell you if/when I do.

Even though I don't own a Ford SD, don't discount what I said. Get yourself a tranny cooler. It's cheap insurance.

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Re: Transmission gauge/cooler

Have you checked to see if it already has an auxiliary cooler? My truck does- in addition to the radiator! It's my understanding that some of the SD only have one or the other (rad or aux). If you have such a truck, I do recommend a large aux. cooler. I also prefer B&M.

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Old 01-02-2001, 12:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Transmission gauge/cooler

I also, have the F-350 V-10. I installed an ISSPRO transmission temperture gauge and the Perma Cool Auxiliary transmission cooler. The weak link in these vehicles is the transmission, so extra effort at this point can save you big bucks later. See the threads by cphiip and crewzer ([posted on 6-5-00),they did an excellent job describing how to add the auxiliary fan. I am not machanical inclined either, but I did all my own work. The more you stroke your baby the more you come to love her.
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Re: Transmission gauge/cooler

I installed an Autometer analog gauge with a 100 - 250 degree F range. It took about 3 hours, including installing the sender into the transmission's left side pressure port.

Some analog gauges start at 140 degrees. This is too high for most conditions as the fluid temp won't get that high.

If you're interested in an even lower scale, you might want to consider a digital gauge.

Your truck should already have two trans coolers installed in series as standard equipment. The first is an oil-to-water cooler located in the radiator's bottom (cool) tank.

The second is a large stacked-plate style oil-to-air cooler located between the radiator and the AC condenser.

You can verify this configuration by sliding under the right side of your truck and tracing the cooling lines to/from the transmission.

This configuration seems to work well when crusin' along and there's plenty of air ramming through the radiators.

The fluid does seem to get hot in summer time stop-and-go traffic with the AC running, and when jockeying a trailer into a camp site (lots of slow speed torque converter slip).

As Aaron noted, I added a 10" fan "puller" style behind my oil-to-air cooler. The fan is automatically controlled by a circuit that senses temperature at the top right of that cooler, and it runs the fan at whatever speed is required to keep spot temps below 160 degrees.

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Re: Transmission gauge/cooler

Crewzer and all, Thanks for the input. Yes I do have these coolers as stock...Crawled on the garage floor and looked at lines/coolers. I can start shopping tommorrow for gauges....sigh!

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Re: Transmission gauge/cooler

Outpost,

Try Diesel Injection Service or DIS as it's known around here. www.dieselpage.com They sell both the Autometer and Isspro. I bought the Isspro from them.
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