Maintenance Matters

September 2015 Issue

Operational Considerations

The good news about the care and feeding of your intercooler itself is that not much is needed. Pared down to the basics, an intercooler is an air-to-air heat exchanger. According to Wayne Thomas of Pacific Oil Cooler Services, Inc.—one of the biggest repair stations that specializes in repair and overhaul of oil coolers and intercoolers—an intercooler doesn’t see the internal pressures oil coolers do and, accordingly, don’t usually wear out. He said that ordinarily intercoolers easily last to engine TBO, at which point they should be pulled, inspected and repaired as necessary.

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