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Stay Cool
Taking certain cooling precautions, like checking your radiator or adding the right type of coolant, will give your towing vehicle better performance.

Taking certain cooling precautions, like checking your radiator or adding the right type of coolant, will give your towing vehicle better performance.

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By adding more weight to your vehicle when towing, you're making its drivetrain do a lot of extra work. Extra weight leads to extra heat under the hood, which can add strain to your transmission and wear it out too quickly.

Adding a transmission cooler, especially if your tow vehicle is an automatic, will significantly reduce the temperature of the oil circulating through your vehicle's transmission. Also, simply adding a higher-capacity radiator or installing an additional cooling fan will help save you money in the long run on expensive repairs to worn-out systems.

What's one of the best tips to consider before heading out on a towing trip? As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. To read about early precautions to take and ways to improve your towing skills, see the next page.

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