Cleaning the Intercooler

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by peter, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    Recently I drove across Canada in my 1998 V70T5. On my way back I noticed
    power loss at higher RPM's. On my return I looked at the intercooler and it
    was filled with bugs. I was wondering what would be the best way to clean
    these out. I am considering using a toothbrush and my shop vac. any other
    suggestions?

    Thanks,

    ......Peter


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    peter, Aug 1, 2003
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    Peter Milnes Guest

    Remove intercooler and then use pressure washer to clear out bugs from back to
    front.

    Cheers, Peter.

    : Recently I drove across Canada in my 1998 V70T5. On my way back I noticed
    : power loss at higher RPM's. On my return I looked at the intercooler and it
    : was filled with bugs. I was wondering what would be the best way to clean
    : these out. I am considering using a toothbrush and my shop vac. any other
    : suggestions?
    :
    : Thanks,
    :
    : .....Peter
    :
    :
    : P.S. To reply directly remove the "-remove" and ".comment" from my e-mail
    :
    :
    :
     
    Peter Milnes, Aug 1, 2003
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    Mike F Guest

    Probably you're seeing the bugs in the condensor, which is the first
    heat exchanger exposed to the wind. The best way is to flush them back
    out the way they came in, but with the rad and intercooler in the way
    that's not going to be too effective. What you're suggesting is
    probably the best way, although softening them up by getting and keeping
    them wet for a while makes them easy (but messy) to wash away. I've
    found a long drive in heavy rain just makes them disappear.
     
    Mike F, Aug 1, 2003
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