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High Mileage 2.3


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I believe the trans cooler is located on the side of the transmission. If I were towing a lot in hotter climates I believe Mizimoto makes a trans cooler relocation kit too. So you can move it to the front of the radiator. But that being said I'm no transmission expert by any means. The 10r80 may need higher temps to shift properly. Personally I'm probably gonna do the PPE pan replacement when I do my fluid and filter change at 50k.
 


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It does indeed have a dipstick.... or rather.... a dip-STUB. It doesn't protrude up into the engine bay like they used to on vehicles from yester-year.. but its there. An inch or two tall, on the passengers side of the transmission... conveniently an inch or two from the downpipe lol.


I say conveniently in a very sarcastic manner mind you.. trans fluid needs to be checked while HOT.. and with the dipstick where it is.. Unless you have little Itty bitty baby hands.. your probably going to burn yourself on the exhaust trying to get at it.

There are though... a couple options for a "full length" dipstick that DOES come up into the engine bay for ACTUAL convenience.

B&M makes one, but the cost of admission for theirs is a bit outrageous IMO. They're real proud of it apparently. I believe there's also a smaller company that offers one for less than half of the B&M.. unsure the name of the company.
A3C Transmission Dipstick – ALPHA III CONCEPTS
 

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I believe the trans cooler is located on the side of the transmission. If I were towing a lot in hotter climates I believe Mizimoto makes a trans cooler relocation kit too. So you can move it to the front of the radiator. But that being said I'm no transmission expert by any means. The 10r80 may need higher temps to shift properly. Personally I'm probably gonna do the PPE pan replacement when I do my fluid and filter change at 50k.
For best performance, without cooking the fluid, somewhere in the 175 to 200 degree range is ideal. Don't go over 230 or the additives start cooking and don't go under 150, especially on newer vehicles that monitor transmission temp. If the transmission is too cool, it will keep the RPMs higher and the fuel mixture rich in an attempt to warm up the transmission to the operating temp the manufacturer wants it to run at.
 

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For best performance, without cooking the fluid, somewhere in the 175 to 200 degree range is ideal. Don't go over 230 or the additives start cooking and don't go under 150, especially on newer vehicles that monitor transmission temp. If the transmission is too cool, it will keep the RPMs higher and the fuel mixture rich in an attempt to warm up the transmission to the operating temp the manufacturer wants it to run at.
I've read a few times that the new ULV(?) fluid is much more forgiving to higher temperatures than the old school stuff, how much higher I'm not sure..
 

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4WD
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Pre-2008 lift/Stock
Tire Size
31X10.5R15/265/65R17
I've read a few times that the new ULV(?) fluid is much more forgiving to higher temperatures than the old school stuff, how much higher I'm not sure..
At this point, I'd rather not chance it with these transmissions. I haven't had any problems yet. Hopefully, it stays that way.
 

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