Intercooler

After I got back from climbing today, I spent 4.5 hours flushing the intercooler on my car.  To do so, I had to remove the radiator grille, front bumper, passenger headlight, and the intercooler itself, which was attached to two hoses and entirely too many bolts.

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It was an arduous process.  I was out in the heat that entire time, and received many mosquito bites for my trouble.  In the end (read: almost halfway) I successfully pulled the intercooler from the warm embrace of the engine bay.

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Some wiring, a sensor, and securing latch were nearly killed, but all lived to fight another day.  I’m sure some neighbors had a few questions about what I was doing on my Labor Day weekend, since all this was done in the neighborhood parking lot.

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There was talk of vacations, BBQs, picnics, and relaxing.  Yet, here I was tearing my car in half and trying not to lose any bolts.

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After a “close enough” cleaning, the intercooler was eventually reinstalled.  Although, if the intercooler hadn’t dried completely, I’d try to start the car, water would get into the engine, everything would break/explode, and I’d need a new car.  I prayed it was dry enough and hoped for the best.

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I then had the privilege to reinstall the bumper, trim pieces, grille, and headlight.  I turned the key.  It didn’t explode.  A success as far as I’m concerned.  It was quite a day, I spent half of my Saturday and was offline so long I nearly had withdrawal symptoms.  But the mechanical system is now much cleaner, and more likely to keep running until I’m out of student loan debt.

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Intercooler