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Tranny Cooler!

Hey is there anyway I could remove my damaged tranny cooler and hook the in/out lines together and drive it till I get another one. Or do I just need to replace it right away and leave it at that.

Second Question, Should I stay with a stock tranny cooler or go aftermarket?
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i wouldnt drive it without... and why not just run he stock one... im sure you can find one in a junk yard.
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aftermarket arent much different in prce really.. umm best would be to get it done asap, but im sure if you wanted you could hook it together, but under minimal driving use
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Up until 2001/2002 sometime, they used only the cooler in the radiator. If it's getting cooler where you are you can definitely "bypass" your damaged cooler and use only the one in the radiator. I wouldn't do that in deep summer putting a load on the truck, but this time of year? No problem -- only maybe it doesn't GET cool down there in Houston, lol.

But for a short stretch, I doubt you'll hurt anything. Look at many auto Rangers from earlier years and many don't even HAVE the aux cooler. My 2001 did not but my 2002 does.
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I ran a Flex-a-Lite 28,000GVW Trans cooler along with my stocker.. let me tell you, its stayed ice cold.. lol..

I wouldn't run with out it (not saying you cant). Its been said that for every 20degrees over 'normal' you go you are cutting the trans. fluids life in half (from amsoils site I believe) which isn't good for the trans its self..

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My 99' doesnt run through the rad....
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Well I think I would only run it for a couple days just till I get a replacement. I need to replace the trans fluid anyway.
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Ah, interesting, I thought they all did. Most of them I've seen run to the drivers side of the radiator first, then to the auxilliary cooler.

Since he's changing the fluid anyway, he's unlikely to have any lasting problems.

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I ran a Flex-a-Lite 28,000GVW Trans cooler along with my stocker.. let me tell you, its stayed ice cold.. lol..

I wouldn't run with out it (not saying you cant). Its been said that for every 20degrees over 'normal' you go you are cutting the trans. fluids life in half (from amsoils site I believe) which isn't good for the trans its self..



My 99' doesnt run through the rad....
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Ah, interesting, I thought they all did. Most of them I've seen run to the drivers side of the radiator first, then to the auxilliary cooler.
Yea I got in an arguement with somebody in the past about this.. I know there is a point in time when Ford went to using the same radiator in all Rangers, Manual or Auto, thus the reason for not running the trans through it.. part of me wants to say it came about with the 5r55e but that is just off the top of my head and is very likely wrong... any who... most of them dont run through the radiator anymore...
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Well, both my Ranger's (the standard cab 2001 3.0 I wrecked, and this 2002 I have now) had the 5R44E tranny and they both have had the radiator cooler, but the 2001 was lacking the auxilliary cooler in front of the radiator and AC condenser.
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Well, both my Ranger's (the standard cab 2001 3.0 I wrecked, and this 2002 I have now) had the 5R44E tranny and they both have had the radiator cooler, but the 2001 was lacking the auxilliary cooler in front of the radiator and AC condenser.
That makes it seem almost totaly random
Sometimes I wonder what Ford was thinking..
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i think you'll be good, i ran without one for 2 days like yer thinking, cause when i ran over a couch it took it out, that and the radiator.. cracked both i drove for 2 days till it got fixed :p
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That makes it seem almost totaly random
Sometimes I wonder what Ford was thinking..
Thinking? You believe it's a "rational" thing, lol?
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i am about to upgrade to a much bigger one.

wanna buy my stock one?
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When you going to sell it. If it is soon then yea I will buy it from you.
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soon as i find a nice one to upgrade to.
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