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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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cleaning the intercooler

just removed the intercooler. it was full of oil from the crankcase vent i think. i want to know what is the best way to clean it myself. i was thinking simple green and some water.

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Re: cleaning the intercooler

that or brake cleaner.

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Re: cleaning the intercooler

Or both. Let it dry and drain really good before reinstall.

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Re: cleaning the intercooler

2-3 tablespoons of Dawn dish washing liquid in hot water, pour it in let it soak for about an hour.
Shake it to agitate then rinse,repeat if necessary.

Brake clean will cause the plastic to become brittle if used on an IC with plastic end tanks.

Simple green can be corrosive to aluminum; this type is safe for alum.
http://industrial.simplegreen.com/ind_prod_ext_mor.php

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Good info. I will have to remember that.

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Re: cleaning the intercooler

thanks for the input. now i thought the oil was in there from my new turbo blowing a seal but tn said it was fine when i sent it in. what are the chances of the crankcase vent putting that much oil into the intercooler. i never had a problem before just recently and i dig the crankcase vent mod. they told me the extra boost is sucking the oil out and causing me to burn it. has anyone else had this problem.

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Re: cleaning the intercooler

I've heard that the crankcase puts a lot of oil into the CAC, so I could imagine a lot of oil. I'll be installing a 6.0 CAC in the next couple weeks, so I'll know then.

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Re: cleaning the intercooler

When I removed mine and installed a spearco I set the stock one on edge to see how much oil came out of it... I barely had anything come out...just a couple small drips...
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I've heard that the crankcase puts a lot of oil into the CAC, so I could imagine a lot of oil. I'll be installing a 6.0 CAC in the next couple weeks, so I'll know then.
I drained way less than a quarter of a cup after one year with the H2e. I really do not think that hurt the performance any.

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Re: cleaning the intercooler

Cascade works good also, we use it at our shop when semi blow a turbo.

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