How to Avoid Issues With Your Transmission Cooling System


For generations, it's been necessary to cool an internal combustion engine using a forward-facing radiator and a specially designed liquid. Without this approach, the engine would quickly overheat, causing irreparable damage. Yet many vehicle manufacturers would simply leave the transmission to its own devices without any form of external cooling. However, as these systems have become more sophisticated, additional precautions have been added, and your vehicle may now be equipped with a separate transmission cooler. What do you need to do to ensure that this particular system is always working just as efficiently as the one fitted to your engine?

How Transmission Cooling Systems Work

A transmission cooler is similar in many respects to the main engine counterpart. A special system of pipes and hoses is used to control the temperature of the lubricant so that the oil can protect all those vulnerable internal moving parts.

To do this, the lubricant must flow out of the transmission casing to a separate radiator that is fitted at the front of the vehicle. Air can then flow across the surface of the radiator, which will remove the heat. The cooler transmission fluid will then flow back into the gearbox in one continuous loop, ensuring that the internal temperature is within an optimal range. In turn, this should protect the entire system and help you avoid any expensive repairs.

Focusing on the Vulnerable Areas

The lines that connect these various parts can be vulnerable to damage. They are typically formed of rubber with some metal reinforcement but need to be flexible to cover the distance between the transmission and the front of the vehicle. They are also open to the elements to a degree, which can lead to degradation or potential damage.

Watching for Issues

So, you will need to keep a close eye on these rubber tubes for signs of any wear and tear. Spots of lubricant on your garage floor in the general vicinity can also alert you to that potential risk.

It may be necessary to replace some of those cooling lines before they fail completely. Ensure that you always get high-quality products and fittings so you don't run into any additional problems.

Pre-Emptive Maintenance

If you present your vehicle to a mechanic when recommended, they will carefully inspect the connecting lines as well as the entire cooling system. In most cases, this should be sufficient to avoid any unnecessary problems associated with a general lack of care. 

For more information about car services, contact a local company. 


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