2011 LE Dodge Caliber hydraulic gear box

Asked by Mar 18, 2016 at 11:48 AM about the 2011 Dodge Caliber Express

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2011 Dodge Calibe LE, live in a tropical country, the gear box heats
up and stalls; on highways or long roads, it heats up and stalls, the car slows
down. Mechanics have told me this type of car is not suitable for tropical
countries and an additional cooling kit for the gear box ned to be installed. I
would appreciate your suggestions. Thank you

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92,535

Additional cooling is a good idea, but make sure you get a good one, maybe one with its own fan. Do it quickly as you don't want to burn up the trans. But I can't understand why they would tell you it's not good for the tropics, most major manufactures make the vehicles to be suitable for most climates without too modifications ie block heaters, trans coolers, special tires etc.

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Thank you for your advise. I canĀ“t understand it either. I loked up in User's Manual and it states that "During sustained high speed driving on hot days, the automatic trnasmission oil may become too hot." The problem is that where I live, all days are hot. Every time I drive on the highway or long road, in about one hour, the transmission oil becomes hot. I guess I will hav to install an additional cooler. Best Regards.

92,535

I did a little research and from what I learned that you should bypass the trans cooler in the radiator and go with a large capacity trans cooler, the larger the better in high heat conditions. I would look into one of those fan cooled units, I know that can be expensive but compaired to a tranny overhaul and then adding a cooler, I'd go with the cooler? And wire it so it turns on and off with the ignition just cause of where you are.

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