Not sure where to post this but will put it here. I drive in the mountains on a monthly basis (9000FT+) and the car is getting a bit too hot for my liking. As in, my IAT was reading 50* above ambient with an FWI
Anyway I was up in the mountains yesterday 300 miles from home and there just so happened to be near record high temperatures.
The motor is getting borderline hot and the trans is in the "too hot for comfort" range. Also when the motor gets that hot the oil pressure gets in the scarily low range. Both Fans kicking full range, heater on max in a failed attempt to disipate heat thru the cabin..still got hot...
On a normal day, If the engine is at 177-183 or so the oil pressure never goes below 35 or so but after it gets over 240 it tanks bad..I dont think this is good on the motor. Keep in mind the cooling system has been flushed recently and I'm not running dexcool. I've since put the larger 3.4" pulley on the car and have 0* of KR up to 90MPH at 100* outside temp.
So what kind of transmission cooler is easy to install on this car that will insure the car acts as it should? I'm looking for specific models that are easy to bolt up without modification..do I need to flare the lines? Anyone have good installation pics on a car that DID NOT come with a factory trans cooler? Lets not forget this transmission has been built up with roughly $600 worth of additional parts which are not part of a standard rebuild so it can take the heat but its the motor I'm worried about.
The radiator has 180,000 miles on it now...whats the likelyhood of a new (non oem) radiator working better than whats on there in regards to disapating heat? Granted I'm climbing up mountains that are 9000 feet tall on some of the steepest roads in the country so I'm sure my needs differ from someone that is driving around on flat ground all day.
The oil pressure thing scared the heck out of me, but is fine today and never got below 35 PSI or so (at idle) at 200*Motor/220*Trans city driving. When tested with a mechanical gauge several months ago the oil pressure was well in operating range. The dash gauge was about 5PSI off on the low side.
More horrid than that one...as you can see the boost is at -5PSI at idle
, nearly 2 miles above sea level....
At least it looks good doing it..
So what cooler should I get? How do I install it? And is it worth changing the radiator? Those are my 3 questions.