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5 Ways You’re Ruining your Intercooler System

ways you are ruining your intercooler system
We’ve all heard it before, “with great power, comes great responsibility,” and whether you’re swinging from sky-scrapers in the big city or supercharging your car—the maxim holds true! One of the unique aspects of owning a car fitted for extra power is the extra maintenance needed. If you’re not keeping an eye on the areas we’ve outlined below, you might not be getting the most out of your car … or worse, you could be ruining your system!


We won’t get into the pros and cons of air-to-air vs water-to-air intercooler systems, however as a rule, water-to-air systems are a bit more complex than the air-to-air variety.


1.You Can’t Remember the Last Refill

Similar to your usual radiator, a water-to-air intercooler system will need to be routinely replenished with antifreeze. It’s recommended to drain, flush and refill your system with coolant every 24 months or 20,000 miles. It’s also a good idea to only use distilled water, this keeps your system free of the residual chemicals, such as Fluoride, in municipal water sources.


2.You Have Loose Hoses & Clamps

Though air-to-air systems are generally less maintenance than their water based counterparts, they still need regular TLC.  Things such as hoses and clamps need regular checking to make sure airflow is at its most efficient.


3.You Have Leakage

Get a jump on any and all leaks as soon as they come to your attention. What might start out as a minor issue can snowball into more extensive damage if left unattended.


4.Your Sizes Don’t Match

This is especially true for those who have upgraded their intercooler. If you’ve bumped up your power by 40% or more, your intercooler might not be large enough to handle the change. Installing a properly sized intercooler is the best way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your engine.


5.Your Placement is Wrong

The best place for your intercooler is directly in the path of ambient air, usually in the front of the radiator. Incorrect placement of your intercooler means that you might be wasting that extra power!


The key with most automotive care is consistency, keeping a steady eye on your intercooler system is the only way to make sure your system is as efficient on mile twenty-thousand as it was on mile two!


Written by Dara Greaney


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