Flex-a-lite Translife Transmission Cooler Installation - 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

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How to Install the Flex-a-lite Translife Transmission Cooler on a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox

Today on our 2017 Chevrolet Equinox, we're going to review and install the Flex-a-Lite Translife Transmission Cooler. Part number FLX4110. With this part number, this is what you get. This is our transmission cooler right here. We got a nice length of hose to hook up to our transmission lines. We have some barb fittings that hook up our lines to, some matching clamps and also some cushions that'll go between transmission cooler and where we mount it up to. This is a great addition to your vehicle if you're going to do a lot of towing with it.

Also keep in mind, if you have racks on the roof of your car or on the back of the car, it's all going to add resistance as it goes down the road. That resistance makes the engine work a little bit harder. This will help counteract that. With that in mind, this will help keep the transmission temperature down as you go down the road. First part of our installation is going to be open up the hood. Next up, we're going to have to work on taking this bumper cover off so the easier access behind it.

We're going to have to loosen up this panel right here on the driver's side, as well as one over on the passenger's side. We're going to remove these plastic rivets, use a small screwdriver to pop up the centers. Then using a trim panel tool, we can pull off the rest. Repeat the same process with the other two. Okay, got this side loose.

Let's go and repeat the same process on the other side. Next, we'll go ahead and remove these four screws using a T20 Torx bit. I'll leave this one screw into place to help support and keep the bumper cover in place while I remove the rest of the fasteners. Next up, we need to move to the fender well here, we're still in the driver's side, we got a variety of fasteners to remove here. We got two screws here, using the same Torx bit as we just used, we'll go ahead and remove those first. If you need additional room to do this, you can always turn the wheels to the inside or outside. Now, we got two more plastic fasteners to remove.

There's one hidden fastener up in this little pocket right here. We'll need a seven millimeter socket for that. I'm going to do this one more time over on the passenger's side. Now, let's go at the bottom edge of the car here and there's two screws we have to remove, here and here, using our same seven millimeter socket. Then we take this panel and just pull it straight back, release it from the bumper cover. Next up is a series of snap fittings that go all the way around the edge right here. We'll get started on this far edge of the corner here and work our way out. We get a hold of this part here, start at the edge and just steady pressure will pop it loose all the way around the edge. Now, you may want to have an extra set of hands to do the other side at the same time or, like I said before, leave a screw in here to help hold it in place while you break it loose. It's carefully pulled away. Then we need to set this down somewhere so we don't scratch up the paint. Next, for 00:04:05 more working room, this shroud I'll 00:04:07 temporarily remove. I'll get my seven millimeter socket, remove this screw right here. There's going to be one on the other side as well. Now, we get to lift this simply up and out of the way. Next, we need to go ahead and loosen up the condenser right here because our transmission cooler is going to stack on top of it. We're going to need a 13 millimeter socket to remove this screw right here. This is on the driver's side, there's one more on the passenger's side we have to remove. Now, if we follow this line, it will go up to this clip right here and we'll just go ahead, just push the clip off it. I'm just going to actually rotate it out of the way. This gives us some working room, so I can flip this up and over. Then we can reach in here and install our fasteners. Before we install our transmission cooler, we need to get it ready. What we're going to do is take a couple of hose clamps right here, just slide them on. Then we'll install onto our transmission cooler both ends of the loop. Then, we'll take our hose clamps, run them into place, then we'll tighten them . We'll go ahead and tighten them down using a flathead screwdriver or a quarter inch nut driver or even a quarter inch socket. Tighten this little guy, little flat blade screwdriver works best. Let's go ahead and do a test fit. Let's go ahead and take our lines, push them down this side because that's where our transmission lines are going to be going. We're thinking about right here. Next, we just need to see if we get enough line to go down to our fittings below. Here's the bottom of our line right here. We'll eventually tie into one of these lines right here, so we got more than enough hose for our application. Let's go ahead and install our transmission cooler. I've got two of the fasteners already installed to help hold it up for me, and I'll show you how I did it. First off, we'll take our fastener here. We'll add one of the flat nylon washers. We'll run it into it, through the fins and twist it and work our way through. Rubber block next, and then we'll go ahead and run it into our condenser here. Be careful to stay in the fins only, and we'll just gently twist it on through. We'll get it just started and we'll do the same thing with one over here. Now, we'll take our fasteners here and we'll bend them up to get to the ends of them. Then we'll put these nuts on, and basically just push them into place. It actually will thread on. We'll slide them down as far as we can, then we'll go ahead and thread the rest of it in place. Put it in the position that we want it, we'll go ahead and push them down. There's a little screwdriver end here that we can tighten them up with. Let's go ahead and cut off the ends of our fasteners. These are some flush cutters, and try and get as close to the nut as possible. We'll go ahead and go through and cut all the rest of them. Okay, let's go ahead and put everything back together now. Let's put our clip back onto our line, make sure that's secure. Then we'll reinstall our fasteners on the sides. Now this is the line that we're going to tie into right here, so we'll go ahead and cut our line in half. Once I have this line out of the way, I'm going to replace it with a new fitting, part number D13035. This is a GM radiator adaptor. To get started, I'm going to take this plastic cover here and pull it back and out of the way. There's a little clip in here that we got to loosen up, so we can pull this line out. Now, there are special tools that you can buy for this purpose. You can find these at your local auto parts store. Now to give us some more working room as well, we're going to need to undo this little clip right here. This holds the lines in place. There's a little edge you can feel for and pop it loose. You can also manually take the clip out with a very small screwdriver and pull out our line. We'll get our new fitting ready, then we'll put it into place. Then I'm just going to use one of the lines here for now, just to help hold it up into place. Keep it from dripping anywheres, because it's just temporary. Now, I'll put that clip back into place here. I'll take my line back off and that loose line, I'll take my plastic ring off of it and transfer it to the other side. Now, let's go ahead and take a hose clamp, put it on our line. You might want to adjust it to make sure it's easy to get a hold of. We'll slide our hose fitting on one hand 00:10:23, we'll slide our clamp in. Then other line, we'll do the same thing with. Okay, and we'll put them on temporarily, then double check to make sure if you need to shorten the line or make any other adjustments. Once you're satisfied with the way it's sitting in here, then we'll go ahead and tighten down our clamps. Maybe zip tie our lines, make sure it's safe and secure and not moving around anymore than they have to. Okay, once we have everything connected the way we want it, we'll go ahead and tighten down all our clamps. We'll get it snug, we don't have to really crush them. We'll go ahead and secure our lines, make sure they're not moving around. Now, at this point, it's a good idea to go ahead and turn the engine on. Get it nice and warm, maybe put it in gear, rev the engine a few times. Make sure it gets good and hot and builds pressure, then check for leaks around your connections. Once you're satisfied that there's no leaks, we can go ahead and reinstall our components including our bumper cover. Now, as we put this component back on, we're going to have to make some cutouts for it for our lines. I made some marks on here. I'm just going to use some tin snips to cut the plastic. Okay, for our cutouts, we can go ahead and reinstall this little shroud here. Okay, we can go ahead and put our bumper cover back into place. We'll get a few of the snaps started. This will take some time to get it to fit in there. With all the clips holding it in place, now we can go ahead and reinstall all the fasteners and reinstall our plastic fasteners. Just push them in, and then push in the center. That'll finish it for our Flex-a-Lite Translife Transmission Cooler, part number FLX4110, on this 2017 Chevrolet Equinox.

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