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Old 08-21-2011, 06:00 PM
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Intercooler boots

So this afternoon I was changing my fuel filters and noticed the intercooler boot off the turbo has a 2 inch tear in it next to the clamp. I searched around and promptly ordered a replacement from dieselsite. My question is should I be proactive and replace them all or not? I have 130,000 miles on the truck.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:07 PM
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I'll also add that I've got 20,000 miles on h-11 headstuds, egr delete, new oil cooler and running an sct sf3 on the canned performance tune unless I'm towing
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:09 PM
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If they have cracks, yes replace them. The one to tear/crack is the one off the turbo.
I dunno how proactive you're feeling. But if you want to, you can take them off and clean them while inspecting them for cracks.
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Old 08-21-2011, 06:15 PM
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The one off the turbo is what's torn that I'm replacing. I'm just wondering what life is left in the others as I'm headed on a 600 mile one way trip and don't want to be stranded. I know you have no way of knowing but what has been the norm if one goes do they all go or should I be fine?
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Oh and thanks for the help
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Oil from the CCV (in the tube just previous to the turbo) reacts with the silicone the boots are made of, making them fail. How much oil do you see on the other boot? If the outside of the boot has a layer of crap on it, replace it. What that crap is is the oil has been pushed through the boot by the boost pressure and road grime has stuck to the oil. If the boot is bright blue, leave it, if it isn't..replace.
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Oil from the CCV (in the tube just previous to the turbo) reacts with the silicone the boots are made of, making them fail. How much oil do you see on the other boot? If the outside of the boot has a layer of crap on it, replace it. What that crap is is the oil has been pushed through the boot by the boost pressure and road grime has stuck to the oil. If the boot is bright blue, leave it, if it isn't..replace.
Yeah, what he said... my buddy kept blowing his intercooler pipes off because of this. You need to also look at redirecting the CCV, I have to do this myself as well...
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Thanks NYC. so the ccv reroute is definitely a useful mod? What's the best way to do it?
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Thanks NYC. so the ccv reroute is definitely a useful mod? What's the best way to do it?
It keeps oil out of the boost tubes and intercooler boots so yes, its useful. There is a TON of info on ccv mod, just takes a few clicks to search it.
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CCV re-route can be done a few ways.
It can be done by plugging the intake and running a hose down and out under your truck. (Not so legal)
Or with a home made catch can and re routed back to the intake. (legal)
Or buy CCV Mod (also legal)

Make sure you clean your IC tubes well and they shouldn't pop off. I have hit ~38psi on stock boots and didn't pop off.
Replaced the boots with Dieselsites and didn't clean them all that great, the boot coming off the turbo popped off at around 20psi...
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