Originally Posted by tlillard23
@peteco - I'm already doing the HP tuners torque converter lockup stuff right now. The web search is what brought me here, lots of good information!! The torque converter lock up won't do much for sitting in traffic, which is where I'm having overheating issues. I could go with a medium duty or heavy duty fan clutch but don't want the mile per gallon hit when on the freeway.
I'm hoping upgrading the radiator will remedy the standstill overheating issue, or at least keep it below the ~230F which is what I get currently just parked. that or electric fans, but having a bigger radiator seems like a better idea. maybe I'll throw an additional electric Pusher fan on and see what happens.
That is very interesting that you get that hot at just sitting in gear. The big question would be if that is if you just start the van, put it in gear, and see hot hot it gets, or is it in traffic after you stop?
We never got anywhere near that hot sitting unless it was right after driving and building up a lot of heat in the transmission to get rid of.
Perhaps you have a clutch fan failure going on, but depends on the above question.
What was in the works to seriously investigate was to find a medium/heavy duty truck electric clutch fan to get the best of all worlds. Horton was top on the list for aftermarket, but maybe an OEM would also be available. I never pursued it after doing all the normal big radiator, electric fans, external coolers, airflow direction, and what really helped the reprogramming, as our issue is totally gone for the way we use it. We don't tow heavy which changes everything, I think.
We also did one more mod that actually did help a bit, I think, especially when paired with extra coolers and big radiator. That is to put a GMC grille in the Chevy van. IIRC it has over 20% more open area than the Chevy version. Paired with the air removing side vents on the fenders, which is also an option, you might be able to move a lot more air through the cooling stuff and engine compartment.