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Old 08-13-2017, 01:20 PM   #1
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I am using a stock type radiator in my 57 chev which will flow top to bottom for the coolant. I have a trans cooler mounted in front with the inlet and outlet in a horizontal position. My question is should the oil from the radiator be plumbed so the oil enters the cooler at the top and leaves at the bottom so matches the coolant flow? The reason I ask is I was checking using my infrared temp gun and noticed the temperature was warmer on the top of the cooler than on the bottom. Using my hand confirmed my suspicions. My lines are hooked up so the fluid enters the bottom and leaves the top and the temps on the lines seem to indicate it was warmer leaving the cooler than entering. The temps I am seeing are not worrisome but I would have though the fluid leaving would be cooler. I have searched around but have been unable to find any definitive answer.
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I am using a stock type radiator in my 57 chev which will flow top to bottom for the coolant. I have a trans cooler mounted in front with the inlet and outlet in a horizontal position. My question is should the oil from the radiator be plumbed so the oil enters the cooler at the top and leaves at the bottom so matches the coolant flow? The reason I ask is I was checking using my infrared temp gun and noticed the temperature was warmer on the top of the cooler than on the bottom. Using my hand confirmed my suspicions. My lines are hooked up so the fluid enters the bottom and leaves the top and the temps on the lines seem to indicate it was warmer leaving the cooler than entering. The temps I am seeing are not worrisome but I would have though the fluid leaving would be cooler. I have searched around but have been unable to find any definitive answer.
In your part of the world, it would probably be wise to go through the external cooler first and then through the radiator to warm the fluid up to radiator temp. The top and bottom makes no difference on an external, it's the direction of flow. Are you sure the fluid is going in the direction you think it is?
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well the temp was around 75 F when I was checking and my lines are marked as to pump and return. That is why I found it strange with the readings I was getting.
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