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How to clean an intercooler?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by Defratos, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. Defratos
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    [Aug 27, 2006]
    As the title says what's the best way of cleaning an intercooler? my sdmic looks a bit worn down

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    I'd say fire some warm water in a bucket with some Cif, grab a small wire brush & start scrubbing! :unsure:
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    POWER JETWASH !
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    I tried a wire brush on mine and bent a few of the fins.

    Guess a jet wash would be best.
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    humm, never thought of jet wash but sounds like a great Idea, cheers :footy:
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    Just don't go too mad I have heard of people damaging their radiators by geting too close
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    cjhill hmmmmm interesting.

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    oh and an old plastic comb can be really useful to straighten those bent fins.

    Just cut it down to a couple of inches.
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    id go with the jetwash.

    i would bother trying to straighten the fins.
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    a jet wash with any power will bend all the fins , better to leave it dirty than trash the fins
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    I thought it might bend it a bit, but I thought not up close but a bit furter away from the fins so it's not so hard
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    A normal hosepipe is all you should use to prevent damage..

    I suggest soaking it in detergent first to loosen up all the crud (Autoglym Motorcycle Cleaner for example) then hose it off from behind forcing all the crud out.

    I wouldn't use anything more powerful than domestic water pressure.
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    Sound advice Ess, cheers :beerchug:
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