View Full Version : Damged Intercooler Pictures.

03-25-12, 07:43 PM
Can someone explain what happened here? I took the lid off to inspect the intercooler for oil caoting and possibly clean it if needed. I was surprised to find the slight damage. It looks like something was sucked into the engine that had enough mass to damaged the intercooler. I found three small broken fins pieces that couldnt work their way into the engine because of the intact fins in the intercooler. This cant be normal.

This supercharger was replaced about 8k miles ago. So it happened fairly recently - last 4 months.




03-25-12, 08:23 PM
Those are the aluminum fins which can be easily bent and distorted with running your finger down them (so gives you an idea of how fragile). They actually are used for heat dissipation by cooling the fluid in the rails you see running vertically. So, with some bent fins, there really isn't much of a performance issue so not to worry as its more cosmetic.

03-25-12, 08:39 PM
Thanks for the response. I understand the functionality of the intercooler. I was more concerned of the three loose broken pieces I found laying in the bottom on the intercooler. If I found 3 how many others may have dropped back down into the lobes. With very tight clearances between these lobes this could present a problem.

cts-v ls6
03-26-12, 06:16 PM
May have been done when the replacement intercooler was shipped, and the dealer installed anyway.


03-26-12, 06:39 PM
Damn - look at all the oil and gunk. That has slow down the air flow. Time for a catch can.