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Towing 1.25T boat across the Nullabor ... aftermarket oil cooler?

Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by Moph, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. 426Cuda

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    Factory service on trans is listed at 150,000km or if required
     
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    I started with the cheapest of the cheapest on eBay . It worked but not very reliable. I Ended up buying the OBDlink MX which is a bit pricier but is reliable and has some extra functions like going to standby.

    I use it connected to an old Android full time.

    You just have to confirm with other members if the 3.6v6 transmission temperature is available via OBDii . Mine is the LS3 v8.

    Ussually the trans temp is around 100 c sometimes hitting 110 c on my car.
     
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    They are pretty much all the same, most of them use the elm327 microcontroller to communicate with the obd of the vehicle.
    You can get them in wifi and bluetooth flavors for connecting to the phone/tablet.
    A $7 one on ebay can work just the same as a $60 one from a store.

    The app is the important part and most people use torque on android or dash command on ios.

    You can also get gauges that dont need a phone like a scangauge or eds and if you are really keen you can get the insight cts2.
     
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    Brilliant, thanks for the heads up. Will try a cheap one off eBay initially as I don't have a great deal of use for it other than monitoring trans temps. Can always upgrade later.
     
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    The trans have the GM quick connects. There are -6 AN quick connect adaptors available to allow converting a quick connect fitting to allow an aftermarket cooler to be fitted.
     
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    I'll have nearby gearbox shop do the work. I got rid of my ramps when I bought the Calais as I didn't want to wrench on cars anymore. The Sierra's got enough clearance that I don't need ramps.

    BTW if you're the Fu Manchu of HomeOne lawn prep fame, we followed your advice (zeolite, bentonite, molasses, etc) for our back lawn a few years back. Bloody thing won't stop growing.

    Thanks, I guess :D
     
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    Do you use anything special to display all that data, mine I can get Coolant & Intake. But I don't get Oil Pressure or Oil Temp, how do I get those?
     
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    I thought about getting rid of stuff when we bought the VE Calais.
    However what brought me back to doing things myself was the consistently poor standard of work by professionals. Most repairs I have paid to have done on 4 cars has ended up being redone by me because the work was so poor.
    There’s one or two jobs that have been good and I now have a mechanic I can trust that does a great job when I am time poor.
    Still prefer to do it right myself like so many of the long time members on here.

    As for the other stuff, I gave it away for a few reasons. The biggest was the rise of Farce Book and the vitriol that is delivered about my highly trained and experienced knowledge. People saying someones neighbours uber drivers budgie said they should do it some other way and essentially don’t know anything. Fkn farce book leaked into the forum like the disease it is. Too many nasty people. Had too many jobs going at once as well. 16hr days, 7 days a week. It was hard.

    Glad you liked it.

    Once bumped into the legendary C’nut on there.
     
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    This is so very, very true ... and it’s why I cling to the guy I’m currently using for grim life.
    Also why I use him rather than a dealer, including within warranty etc, even though he’s a 45-minute drive away & the commute to work goes from half an hour to 1.75 hours each way when he works on it ...
     
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    Get a job or move closer to your mechanic :rolleyes:. Just kidding.
     
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    This could get weird.
     
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    I downloaded the extra GM PID on Torque app.

    The transmission related PIDs need the “OBD header to use” option changed from blank to 7e2 which is the Trans ID
     
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    A Trans cooler would be a good idea,
    And probably get the Transmission service for the sake of it, because it will be working hard,
    Although, when you get the momentum up, you should be ok, its just the stop/starts, overtaking and hills you have to drag it over, and get your brakes checked, because you have to Stop the whole rig sometime.
    In other words, check and service the essentials.
    However -
    On a side note,
    I would get the Wheel Bearings and seals serviced/replaced on the trailer,
    because there's not to may Bearing places out there on the Nullarbor,
    And if it happens, It will happen out the BFN.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullarbor_Plain#/media/File:Nullarbor_Plain_Road_Sign_DSC04541.jpg

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nullarbor_Plain#/media/File:Nullarbor_Plain_Escarpment_DSC04558.JPG
     
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    Film the whole trip and sell it to SBS.
     
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    Or a remake of the "Leyland Brothers" :D
     
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    Yep, will treat it to new bearings and tyres before heading off. Also will carry a spare set of bearings, grease and maybe even a spare hub.

    I'm thinking of converting it from leaf spring to torsion axle when I get it over here so don't want to spend much on it, but I'm also not keen on being stuck on the Nullabor. Had complete bearing failure once already with the camping trailer in Karijini National Park ... I learned my lesson then :D
     

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