Camry towing trailer

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:00
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Hi All,
We are relocating to South Aust from Townsville.
My question is would I need to fit a oil cooler to a 2.4 ltr auto Camry towing a 7x4 trailer probably at its max weight of 750kg? 3 speed auto with overdrive, best not to use overdrive?
Thanks for any advise
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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:13

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:13

If you mean an auto transmission oil cooler, yes, it would help and yes avoid using overdrive.

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Reply By: garrycol - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:56

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 11:56
If you were going to tow heavy stuff a lot then yes I would get the cooler but for a one off or occasional use is really not needed.

I would use the overdrive only in areas where load on the vehicle will be light - down hill and moderate speed level ground - not where ever load is placed on the vehicle.

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Reply By: olcoolone - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 13:33

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 13:33
Just put it in "D" and let the gearbox do the rest.... if it pulls O/D let it stay in O/D.

Thats why it's called automatic.

Your Camry already has a trans cooler so unless you were doing frequent or heavy towing a larger trans cooler would not be needed.

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Reply By: splits - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 18:07

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 18:07
It is not easy to say which way to go. For a start your transmission cooler is in the radiator. If the cooling system is not 100% then the transmission will suffer. I remember being taught at TAFE years ago that 95% of auto transmission failures are caused by overheating so you have to be careful. It was also common practice back in my auto industry days to fit external coolers for all towing. Things may have changed today but I am not sure.

I would be inclined to talk to a major auto transmission specialists. They will know if your transmission is noted for having any problems associated with towing.

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Follow Up By: Yanktigers - Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 22:54

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 22:54
Make sure you get it serviced at a recognized Auto transmission specialist.
If you tell him what you going to do he will advise you. I had one these Toyota and believe me I am not a fan of Toyota any more. I would nearly think towing a trailer that size & going that distance you may be biting off a little more than can chew.

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