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Has anyone ever done this??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by FunBlazer, Aug 21, 2002.

  1. FunBlazer

    FunBlazer Registered Member

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    Use their AC condencer for a tranny cooler, when they removed the AC??
     
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    FunBlazer Registered Member

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    Someone must have tried this, I need to know if it worked , cause I want to try it on my Blazer tomorrow, if someone has tried it and if it worked please let me know. Thanks
     
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    Not me.....
     
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    I helped my buddy set it up on his dodge. Worked like a champ. The tranny never, ever, overheated.
     
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    How come everyone dosn't do it then? It's a whole lot bigger than one of thoes coolers that you buy in the store.
     
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    ur tranny needs to run at between 170*-190* to work most effiently. having a cooler that large keeps it too cool. get what im sayin??? hell, a regular tranny cooler keeps it right where ya need.

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    cool
    I would have guessed it wouldnt handle the pressure, not that I know how much pressure flows through the cooler lines...
     
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    If your worried about it being to cool you can run it back through the radiator so that the water can warm up the fluid.
     
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    Isnt the low side of the AC system something like 32 pounds? I would not guess that the tranny cooling lines are much more than that. But like you I do not know what the pressure is either.
     
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    Well I did it today, and I don't think I'm gonna keep it that way, cause I realy don't like to use rubber hose. I have a decent size cooler and the tranny lines screw into it so I'm gonna put that on instead. I heard that pressures can get as high as 290psi in reverse, I can't conferm that though.
     
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    how about using it for a power steering cooler?
     
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    Cooling lines don't get anywhere near that PSI, but using rubber lines for ATF is a great recipe for an engine fire if you ask me.

    Already had a hose heat fatigue, and rupture, spraying a nice stream of ATF on the exhaust manifold. You really don't have much in the way of choices in the cooler line issue, even the GM factory C/K tranny cooler I bought used rubber line. I just don't think its a very good idea, like rubber fuel line. If it can be avoided, great, but unless you custom make some lines, (you can) you don't have much choice but rubber.
     
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    Usually about 150 psi on the high side. Nothing steady though because heat and engine speed will change the pressures.
     
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    Also keep in mind the function of the cooler, it is not necessarily to keep the trans fluid cool, but to regulate it. It works like a charm in the radiator, but if you need an auxiliary cooler, I recommend getting a good one designed for Automatics and use steel lines.
     
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    Have you tried a $30 tranny cooler from Autozone? It comes with adapters and mounting hardware, just do that.
     
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    Thats what I did. Its a B&M stacked plate cooler. I run a 2400 Stall converter so mine likes to heat up some. The cooler does just fine except for long periods of crawling on rocks on a hot day. It went up to 230 once. Normally stays at 160.
     
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    The tranny only puts out about 150-200 psi, when you have a lot of throttle. The pop-off valve on the high side of an A/C system is usually 350psi or more, so the condensor must withstand that pressure. This should be the setup of choice if you tow with a 700 without lockup and with a high stall converter /forums/images/icons/smile.gif . Of course, if you tow in any kind of heat, you'll want the A/C to work anyway.
     
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    is it full line pressure?
    I dont care about autos enough to do my own homework on them LOL
     
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    That's a good point, I don't know if the cooling lines see full pressure. At any rate, the condensor is probably good to a higher pressure than the rubber hoses that come with most tranny cooler kits.
     

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