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post #1 of 4 Old 02-17-2011, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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Intercooler question

A friend of a friend gave me some advice that I am not completed sure about. He is stating that 7.3s have known issues with oil pooling up in the intercooler causing air flow issues. Long story short, I took mine out of an 02 Ex and it was bone dry. Good news for me, but 2 hours..I wished I would have listened to my instincts.

The whole reason I started this was an error code being thrown relating to the ECU not being able to read turbo pressure (forgot the exact code). I fixed this from a line that goes from the vacuum pump to the wastegate actuator. The line had a crack, so I replaced it. Removed the codes and it has been fine since.

Has anyone seen or heard of the intercooler getting clogged with oil? This guy even stated there was a TSB out on it. I guess he has added a drain on the intercooler that he opens every other time he gets fuel.
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Most people are going to tell you to do a ccv mod, either a catch can or an open vent.

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I believe the guy that told me about this had a catch can. I guess the confusing part for me was, I found nothing in mine. I am glad for that, but this guy made it sound like this is a huge issue.
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Some oil in the tubes is normal unless the CCV mod is done. If you have none and you are not the original owner, the previous owner might have rerouted the CCV hose.

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