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Transmission Cooler?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Starballs, Oct 14, 2010.

  1. Oct 14, 2010 at 12:29 AM
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    Starballs

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    Hey Guys,

    I have an '04 4x4 Sr5 with a manual transmission. Sometimes when I'm driving on the highway for an extended period of time especially when its hot outside, the shifter on my tranny seems to get pretty hot. Is this normal? Should I consider a transmission cooler? If so, any recommendations?

    thanks.

    -Max
     
  2. Oct 14, 2010 at 6:28 AM
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    You shouldn't need a cooler if your not towing anything.
     
  3. Oct 14, 2010 at 7:43 AM
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    I would consider changing the oil.
     
  4. Oct 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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    I change the fluid just over a year ago. Thanks guys.
     
  5. Oct 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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    Shouldn't need a cooler in a manual unless you're constantly doing heavy towing. The transmission fluid in a manual isn't doing as much as that in an auto (not being forced through a torque convertor) and should be able to disappate the heat generated by the gears turning.
     
  6. Oct 16, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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    Thanks Pugga. Makes sense. Is it normal or "ok" for the shifter to heat up like that? I don't ever tow but sometimes that thing gets pretty hot.
     
  7. Oct 16, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    Honestly, my Tacoma is an auto so I can't really speak for those with manuals. My other trucks were manuals and I never noticed the shifter heating up but they were Fords and the shifter was like 2' long. If it's a metal shifter, it makes sense, heat transfers through metal very well. I'm assuming you're talking about it just feeling warm to the touch, it shouldn't really get 'hot' so to speak. If your clutch is slipping more than normal, it would create more heat but you'd notice it in the handling more than the shifter knob. Any else with a manual have any input?
     
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