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Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 17:36:01 GMT
From: "James Sweet" <>
Subject: Re: nospam$# oil cooler!

"gw" <> wrote in message > More a rant than anything else - > > Who's the brain surgeon who came up with the idea of putting the oil cooler > between cylinder banks on the V6?? First, it's oil-to-water, so the first > indication of a leak is a Super-size milkshake in the coolant recovery tank. > > Next, the upper, middle, and lower intakes need to be removed - only about > 100 bolts and 4 gaskets to remove and replace. > > The cooler is a little radiator about 3" x 7" and costs $455.00 US ?! You > also need to spring for a 32mm socket to get the damn thing out. Try finding > one of those on a Sunday. On top of everything else, the last idiot who did > the job torqued everything to about 150 ft/lbs. Spec is 22. > > So, it's in. And it leaks. It no longer passes oil into the coolant, it > leaks it directly to the outside of the engine. I'm guessing the previous > idiot deformed the banjo fittings with the high torque, and I'm not getting > a good seal with it only torqued to spec. I'll need to get all those gaskets > again and tear it down to the heads.... > > Arghhhhhhhh. > > It's a GM engine right? Can you get the oil cooler from a GM dealer or at Schucks or other similar place? I don't really know if the engine is off the shelf GM or if it's based on a GM engine but modified by Saab.

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