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I have MDX 2017 technology pckg with low miles. No known problem with the vehicle so far.
I am planning to go to dealer and get ATF cooler and tow package installed and tow approx 3000lb trailer ( 2020 Hummingbird Travel Trailer | Jayco, Inc. ) this summer around woods.

Can anyone share their experience ? I am worried that I may spend couple of thousand $$ and still end up with broken system. First time towing a trailer.

Also any particular brand of equipment or service center you recommend around bay area?
 

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Here is a towing thread you may find helpful. Check out page 2 and a member who's handle is stevendebbie and his pics of his Airstream trailer setup. IMO the OEM trans cooler is undersized for this type of towing and I would suggest a TruCool 4454 both for it's greater capacity and it's cold fluid bypass that allows the fluid to get to operating temp before it cools it.
 

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If your going to have the cooler installed, have them to a trans service at the same time. As for the hitch? Most any DIYer can handle that part in a couple of hours. The instructions from Acura are clearly written with lots of illustrations.
 

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Think long and hard about this. I had one installed on my 2017 SH AWD and ultimately had to have them take it back off. They did this at no charge including labor. Why? The cooler has a known issue that causes a knock as the first dog clutch engages on the ZF9. It drove me CRAZY in such a nice vehicle. The Regional Acura service dude was involved and eventually said the knock is normal for the cooler as it "opens" the system where the sound can escape and is amplified by the confines of the engine compartment. There is much discussion on this if you search and it was certainly more than just me. In my case I had the option to remove as my boat/motor/trailer are only around 2200lbs and I tow in flat as a pancake Florida and even then only 4-5 times a year.
 

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Think long and hard about this. I had one installed on my 2017 SH AWD and ultimately had to have them take it back off. They did this at no charge including labor. Why? The cooler has a known issue
Absolutely agree with this. You're good for 3500 pounds without it. This really shouldn't happen - lots of cars have auxiliary trans fluid coolers with no issues, but I guess it's just one more quirk with the ZF 9-speed.
 

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I have MDX 2017 technology pckg with low miles. No known problem with the vehicle so far.
I am planning to go to dealer and get ATF cooler and tow package installed and tow approx 3000lb trailer ( 2020 Hummingbird Travel Trailer | Jayco, Inc. ) this summer around woods.

Can anyone share their experience ? I am worried that I may spend couple of thousand $$ and still end up with broken system. First time towing a trailer.

Also any particular brand of equipment or service center you recommend around bay area?
Hi Ashu,
I also have a 2017 MDX and planning to add the 5000 tow package for my travel trailer. I have head about that infamous clunky sound in the transmission that is added to the shifting on the 4th or 5th gear after the ATF cooler is installed.

What was your experience about it? Should I avoid the AFT cooler to prevent that issue or is that just a myth?
Should I consider an aftermarket ATF cooler or the OEM one?

anyone has a suggestion or advice on this?

thanks everyone!
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Dealer added the OEM oil cooler while changing the tranny under warrenty at approx. 80000 km. I now have 96000 km. I din't noticed anything special, or any new sound, comming from the tranny since the oil cooler was installed. I towed my 3550 lbs camping trailer (dry weight) about 3000 km last summer, and everything went well. The 9 speed tranny is awesome for this purpose!
 

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Keep in mind that when towing, payload capacity and tongue weight will almost always affect you before towing capacity. Do your research and make sure you aren’t overloading the vehicle’s payload capacity when fully loaded (gear, people, loaded and hitched trailer)
 
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