Maintenance Matters

April 2015 Issue

Aftermarket Oil Coolers: Aero-Classics Dominates

Don’t assume your new or overhauled engine will include an oil cooler. Aero-Classics and NDM have a variety of new FAA-approved OEM replacements.

You wouldn’t install a used oil filter on a new or overhauled engine, would you? Of course you wouldn’t, and for the same reason, you shouldn’t reconnect the oil cooler without replacing it, or at least having it properly serviced. Often one of the most neglected components under the cowling, the oil cooler on your engine could be in desperate need of servicing, even if it’s not begging for attention by dribbling oil on the hangar floor. Luckily, there are relatively inexpensive replacement and overhaul options that might provide insurance against premature engine wear. Let’s have a look.

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