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Transmission Cooler Recommendation for 2012 Honda Accord Sedan


2012 Accord 4dr sedan, 4cyl. EX-L 1000 lb tolling capacity. Please recommend tran cooler for long distance/hilly terrain, max weight. Do not want to mount to existing radiator, want to mount to existing metal radiator mounting frame. In winter car warms very slowly, so also want a in-line thermostatically controlled valve. Need kits that match fillings and line/hose I,D, of car. Thanks!


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The largest cooler you can fit in front of the radiator or AC condenser is the best recommendation for your Honda Accord and transmission. You'll want a cooler with the highest class rating possible. I have included a link to all of the plate-fin coolers that are a fit for your vehicle. You will need to measure to be sure that the cooler will fit in the area provided on your vehicle. If you find you have room, I would recommend the Derale Series 9000 Plate-Fin Transmission Cooler Kit # D13612. This is the smallest cooler that I would recommend for your vehicle, at 11 inches wide by 6-3/8 inches tall by 1-1/4 inches deep.

As for installation, the kit includes the complete mounting kit, the OEM spec hose with stainless steel clamps and Insta-dapt radiator adapter. I spoke with my contact at Derale and he said the Insta-dapt radiator adapter will work with your Accord.

To mount the transmission cooler you can use the Universal Bendable Mounting Kit # D13002.

For a fluid control thermostat I recommend Derale Fluid Control Thermostat with 3/8" NPT Ports # D25791.

I attached an install video and some helpful FAQ articles for you to check out.

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