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Intercooler seals. Are they important to change?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by dawudbhai, Feb 20, 2013.

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    Hi as suggested on my audi health check, I was told to replace the intercooler seals as they are leaking. 4 seals on both ends.. Now I've read that as long as I'm not losing oil, as it's not coming up on dash, that a little oil is normal as it comes from the cam breather pipe. So should I get these change or am I ok to leave it as it don't seem to cause any problems.
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    I'd say change them if there leaking as they dont cost much. Mine went on my A3 about a month ago, 200 miles from home and needed to get towed back via the AA.
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    Ok but they're meant to weep a little right. If they were leaking I'd notice an oil deficit right? Anyway what happened to yours mate that you needed towing? Did the pipes come apart?
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    I'm not too sure about the leaking but mine must have worn enough to create some play then they popped apart. The seal must have been lost in the road so I had to get towed back.
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    Yes they will leak a bit, they always do mate, so you'll not get rid of the issue unless you fit a catch can.
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    Yeah they always leak, the seals are £5 each, the oil residue will just sit on your undertray and will eventually make a mess, so I would change them personally.
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