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Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 11:49:37 -0400
From: "gw" <>
Subject: nospam$# oil cooler!

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.

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