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    Cleaning intercooler

    Hi Guys. I pulled my intercooler off today to discover a nice amount of oil residue. I want to give it a good clean but not sure which is the best method.

    Can I use degreaser then clean out with a bottle of methylated spirits?

    Do I use Kerosene then rinse with metho?

    I don't really want to use water to rinse as i'm afraid of it not being 100% dry in time.

    Any advise welcome!

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    Kero or petrol is fine give it a good shake around the leave it to dry out in the sun, if you are fussy them metho is ok too same deal dry thoroughly
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    Thanks @Stropp . I should have also asked when having it off and i fill with kerosene, can i determine if there are any leaks by seeing if the liquid escapes anywhere?

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    Depending on the leak I suppose. If there is one. If you fill it to the brim and there is a leak I would assume you would see it. regardless of the hole size. Pressurising it would force any of the liquid to come out, which would be a surety, if there was any holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azzacalabaza View Post
    Thanks @Stropp . I should have also asked when having it off and i fill with kerosene, can i determine if there are any leaks by seeing if the liquid escapes anywhere?
    Tape off both ends and pump some air into it will not need much and dip in water
    All OE intercoolers leak if it looked oily it was leaking. have not heard of one that
    doesnt, dry throughly with hair dryer before fitting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by threedogs View Post
    Tape off both ends and pump some air into it will not need much and dip in water
    All OE intercoolers leak if it looked oily it was leaking. have not heard of one that
    doesnt, dry throughly with hair dryer before fitting it.
    Thats a big call that they all leak !

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaddy View Post
    Thats a big call that they all leak !

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    well most leak,, has any one here not changed their IC yet
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    [QUOTE=gaddy;706527]Thats a big call that they all leak !

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    Kinda agree with TD... I have yet to see one that doesn't.
    Maybe off the floor they don't but doesn't seem to take long for leaks to develop.

    Not that smaller leaks matter all that much, it takes a sizeable leak before the VNT can't keep up
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    Must be the lucky few then
    Mine 327000 k
    Mates ute 300000k
    Dads 250000 k
    Mates 3lt 200000 k
    Mates gu around 300000k
    All as good as gold and all seen their fair share off corrigatons

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    [QUOTE=gaddy;706535]Must be the lucky few then
    Mine 327000 k
    Mates ute 300000k
    Dads 250000 k
    Mates 3lt 200000 k
    Mates gu around 300000k
    All as good as gold and all seen their fair share off corrigatons

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    Wow, is about all I can say.

    Out of about 30 or 40 ZD30's in the Club over the years I have yet to see one that doesn't leak.
    Mine was leaking when I bought it at 40K and Nissan replaced it at 120 K just before the warranty ran out and it was leaking when I sold it another 40K later
    Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

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