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Transmission Cooler Recommendation for a 2011 Ford Escape

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Quote from your web site: Expert Reply: I spoke with Ford and they told me that there would be no problem adding a transmission cooler to your 2011 Ford Escape. You will want to check your owners manual on recreational towing for any restrictions. The Tech told me the only restrictions might be the space that a cooler needs, but that is always the case when considering a transmission cooler on a vehicle. My question is what do you mean? Check owners manual on recreational towing for any restrictions? Do you mean if I tow a recreational camp trailer then there may be restrictions on me adding the transmission cooler. My thought is that since I plan on towing a small camp trailer I should add a transmission cooler. Currently my transmission and ac share a cooler. Will my transmission still run through the old cooler and then in addition if I add your cooler, it will run through it as well? My question evolves from me wanting to make sure my transmission is as cool as possible while towing a small camp trailer.

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I found the expert answer you referenced where Jeff said to check the owners manual for restrictions on towing. He meant that you should check to make sure your vehicle is rated for towing the trailer you are planning on towing from a weight capacity point of view.

There would be no restrictions on installing a transmission cooler aside from the available space on your vehicle.

You would want the to route the transmission fluid from your factory cooler in your radiator to the aftermarket cooler to maximize the cooling of the fluid.

For your Escape, I recommend the Derale Transmission Cooler, part # D13502. This measures 11 inches Wide x 7-1/4 inches tall x 7/8 inch deep, so you may want to check under the hood to make sure you have the room needed for this cooler. You would also need the Ford transmission line fittings, part # D13025. The best spot to install a transmission cooler is directly behind the grille, in front of the radiator and A/C condenser.

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