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Preparing Chrysler Voyager Exec CRD 2.8 Automatic for a long towing trip

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Old 04-27-2012, 01:38 AM
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We are towing a 1,500 kg caravan to Spain and back this summer (~4000 miles). Is there anything else we should consider in addition to the normal servicing? Like better quality oil or automatic transmission fluid, etc? Changing brake pads even if they are still ok for normal usage?

Any towing tips from Chrysler Voyager current/former owners are really appreciated.

Also, does this 2007 model have an oil cooler fitted as a standard? If not, where can I find one in the UK and what would be the approximate damage to my pocket?

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I've never towed with my 2.8 CRD. I imagine the high kerb weight and the high torque produced by the CRD make them an excellent tow car.

I wouldn't bother with any extra servicing. If you tow you should change the transmission fluid occasionally. (every 40,000 miles) But only ever use ATF 4 fluid.

There is both a transmission oil cooler (in front of the radiator...cooled by airflow) and an engine oil cooler (through a coolant heat exchanger arrangement at the oil filter) fitted as standard.

I'd be surprised of you suffered from any serious cooling issues, unless you happen to be towing up a steep mountain in very high ambient temperatures.
 
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by booke23 View Post
I've never towed with my 2.8 CRD. I imagine the high kerb weight and the high torque produced by the CRD make them an excellent tow car.

I wouldn't bother with any extra servicing. If you tow you should change the transmission fluid occasionally. (every 40,000 miles) But only ever use ATF 4 fluid.

There is both a transmission oil cooler (in front of the radiator...cooled by airflow) and an engine oil cooler (through a coolant heat exchanger arrangement at the oil filter) fitted as standard.

I'd be surprised of you suffered from any serious cooling issues, unless you happen to be towing up a steep mountain in very high ambient temperatures.
Thank you for your advice. Bought today 5 US Quarts (nearly 5 litres) of ATF + 4. It looks like this thing is hard to get in the UK - I've only managed to find two on line vendors, the total price including delivery was 51.70.

What is the good engine oil to use for this model?
 
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:55 PM
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Any 10w-40 diesel engine oil is fine. I used semi synthetic last oil change, but ordinary mineral oil is fine in these engines.

More important is that it is changed as per Chrysler recommendations.
 
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