Brand new, shiny tranny cooler
It’s been unusually hot this summer and before you go on a camping trip to the lake to beat the heat, it would be good to consider making sure that your transmission is ready for the summer heat. If you are planning on towing and hauling for every summer for years to come, then it would be good to take a look at transmission coolers before you have to replace a burned up transmission.
It’s best to avoid a ruined camping trip and having to spend thousands of dollars to replace a ruined transmission. The number #1 cause of transmission failure is due to fluid overheating. Instead, transmission coolers cost a couple hundred dollars and can save you major frustration and headaches. 

Below are some of the reasons why a tranny cooler is important for your car, especially if you are planning on towing or camping to escape the heat of the summer.

Why tranny coolers are important
When you carry small objects like a book, bag of groceries, or purse you probably don’t notice going through much strain or sweat very much. But when the weight of your objects increase, the act of carrying them becomes more difficult, thus making you work harder to carry them. The same can be said for your transmission. It needs to work harder and expend more energy to carry the extra weight, causing more heat and making it easier for your transmission to burn out.
How it works
Demonstration of a tranny cooler
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There are many different shapes and sizes but tranny coolers work in basically the same way. Keep the fluids cool and extend the life of your transmission. Heated fluid is generated by your tranny, engine, or power steering pump flows to the cooler. The air that is moving over the fins of the cooler helps cool down the fluids. Once cooled, the fluid is then routed back to the transmission, engine, or power steering pump in a continuous loop through the lines. Transmissions run fluid below 160-200 degrees Fahrenheit, or 71-93 Celsius, and if it exceeds these temperatures then it’s only a matter of time before burnout. With a cooler, the overheated transmission fluid is cooled before it has a chance to re-enter your transmission and cause major damage and unnatural wear.
Burnt transmission fluid vs. new transmission fluid
Things to consider
Although there are many factors to consider when it comes to “do I/don’t I” and what kind of transmission to get, there are at least two major things that you should think about before you choose a transmission cooler.
  • Consider the vehicle itself - How much does it weigh, how much will you be towing/carrying and how much does the object you are going to tow/carry weight

Matching a transmission cooler to your vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating (GVRW) is critical to making sure that the cooler works properly. You can investigate it online, but we suggest you go to a professional for some help and advice. At Torklift Central, we can help you find a tranny cooler that fits your vehicle and its specific applications.
Think your transmission can make it up the hill?
  • Consider the terrain - what kind of terrain will you be doing most of your towing? Will you be towing across long stretches of flat highway, in an urban environment with stop-and-go traffic, or hilly/mountain terrains?
This follows the same lines outlined above. If you are going to be going up steep grade mountains or driving in rough, rocky terrain, your transmission is going to generate a lot of heat to get you up the mountain.
So remember, if you’re trying to escape the heat on a camping trip or hauling heavy weights, it’s good to get a transmission cooler, especially if you plan on doing it regularly. Also, if you don’t know what’s best for your car, make sure that you get a professional to help choose one so you get that perfect one on the first try.
Feel free to contact us today to learn more about which transmission cooler is right for your vehicle and beat the heat.
Torklift Central

315 Central Ave N 
Kent, Wash. 98032