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Bionic Man

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Posted: 06/30/19 10:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Installed the TruCool today. I am curious if anyone that has experience with this unit, and has installed it on a GM SUV or truck, did your outside temp gauge still work after install?

The reason I ask is that mine doesn't. And from looking, the sensor is right in front of the radiator, looks like it may now be blocked by the TruCool. And if it isn't blocked, it sure is a lot closer to it than it was to the OEM cooler.

Cheap part to install, and it doesn't look like it would be a terrible installation, just want to know others experience before I go chasing down a rabbit hole if it is a lost cause.


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Posted: 07/02/19 01:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Paying more attention to temps now. After the install of the new aux unit on the Yukon i drove 40 miles on the interstate on Monday morning. It was cooler ambient probably 70. Yukon trans temp gauge showed a high of 127.

Rented a new Traverse in Nebraska. On the way from Lincoln to Omaha I saw this type of temp. 90* ambient.

Chevys must just run hot. ?
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Posted: 07/02/19 02:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The trans temp idiot light or warning message is usually set at 275*. 250* is high, but as other said not the end of the world, just put a fluid change on the list at the end of every towing season. Be sure you are using the new Dex VI full synthetic.

The bigger cooler should help, next step would be an electric fan to flow more air over the cooler.

ALSO, if your trans is getting that hot you're cooking the rear axle too. I would change the fluid and consider a Mag-Hytec expanded capacity cover, and be sure you have full synthetic in the rear axle also (GM fluid is full syn).


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Posted: 07/29/19 06:52am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Towed the boat for the first time since I had the new trans cooler installed.

Just flat land down I76 and back. Cruise set about 70 MPH, outside temps in the low 90’s, most of the time in 5th gear running about 2400 RPMs, the trans never got above 180*. It spent most of the time in the 160* range. Before the cooler install it ran 200* - 220* on this same trip. Must say so far I am pretty impressed.

I’ll give it more of a test next week as we will be using it to tow the boat to Utah. The ride home will be the real test - eastbound over Vail Pass and the Eisenhower tunnel is where it would run up to 250*+ before. Will report back again.

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Posted: 08/07/19 03:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, today was the day (yesterday now). Loaded everything up to use the Yukon to tow the LSV to Powell.

Three people and four dogs, and all our gear for 5 days at the lake. Didn’t have much room in the Yukon, put a lot of stuff in the boat.

Temp was low 90’s when i left home. Temps i have seen before.

Got on the highway and noticed the engine temperature was running a bit high right out of the gate. Took the first hill by Red Rocks, and it went way high. Couple miles up, and it got bad enough that I shut off the air conditioning. Engine cooled down a little. Inside temp warmed up a bunch.

Slowed down to about 30 MPH. Turned the air back on, and the engine temp went way up way fast. Before I knew it, there was a message on the dash warning about the temp and that the air was shut off. On the plus side, the transmission temp never got about 200*

Not a good way to start a 450 mile trip. So we turned around and headed home. Quickly emptied out that Yukon. I hooked the boat up to my truck, my wife took a dog and my nephew in the Jeep, and we left again.

Set us back by about two hours. But we got here.

When I had the auxiliary transmission cooler installed, I worried if the added size right in front of my radiator would create another problem. Well, it looks like I have my answer.

I’m tired of chasing problems with the Yukon. When I get home I will step up my search for a replacement.

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Posted: 08/07/19 06:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you sure that the cooling stack is really clean? Often you get a lot of debris buildup between the condenser and radiator. The HD trucks are well known for this issue after a few years and although you don't have the additional intercooler of the diesel pickups there is still a lot of area between the condenser and the radiator for stuff to get caught greatly reducing airflow.

It won't make a huge difference, but the engine heat increase may be a little less if the added transmission cooler is plumbed in ahead of the cooler in the radiator tank because it will dump more of the transmission heat before adding it to the engine coolant.

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Posted: 08/07/19 12:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I thought you upgraded the transmission mission cooler to the Expedition model?

Bummer on the Denali. You can only ask so much out of a vehicle sometimes.


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And for the group, yes it appears GM 1/2 ton trans run hot. By design. Mine and others like it. 2016-2017 models, min 190 when it’s cold out. 200 or close when hot out.
Seems like it has a 190deg thermostat in it, it’s they consistent.
If I owned the truck I’d make it run cooler as well.

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Posted: 08/07/19 03:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Check the coolant level (when cool of course), your engine temp should not behave that way unless something else is going on.. IIRC, you have a 6.2l with plenty of power. Are the fans working ok (I don't recall if you have dual electric fans or a large fan driven by belt). Perhaps water pump needs replacement or fan belt?

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Posted: 08/07/19 03:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

And for the group, yes it appears GM 1/2 ton trans run hot. By design. Mine and others like it. 2016-2017 models, min 190 when it’s cold out. 200 or close when hot out.
Seems like it has a 190deg thermostat in it, it’s they consistent.
If I owned the truck I’d make it run cooler as well.


Or they have their temp sensor closer to the trans fluid going to the cooler instead of the sump like many vehicles. These two places have different temps with the sump being the cooler of the two.

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