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This is a discussion on problem getting intercooler back on within the General Maintenance, Troubleshooting & Accidents. forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; hey had to take off the intercooler for the trans fluid....any help or suggestions to getting the hoses back on? ...

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    problem getting intercooler back on

    hey had to take off the intercooler for the trans fluid....any help or suggestions to getting the hoses back on? the one going to the turbo is the one i assumed to try to get back on first...then the throttle body connection..but i cant get it go back on
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    You've got the right idea. 2 suggestions -

    1) Walk away from it for a minute. I can't count how many time I have gotten working on my car....walked away for a minute......went back and 2 min later, I'm done.

    2) Get silicon hoses. They are worth it for this reason alone! Much easier to put the IC back on
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbpuppet View Post
    You've got the right idea. 2 suggestions -

    1) Walk away from it for a minute. I can't count how many time I have gotten working on my car....walked away for a minute......went back and 2 min later, I'm done.

    2) Get silicon hoses. They are worth it for this reason alone! Much easier to put the IC back on

    did #1 twice now...

    as for #2...kinda hard to do that now...need my car done today.

    can the car be started w/o the intercooler on in order to reverse it off the ramps?
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    well heres my next attempts....

    im gonna try to lube them up with dish soap and if that doesnt work

    call my friend to come push my car off the ramps so i can reach it better or have him do it since hes taller by over a foot and stronger
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRXcruiser View Post
    did #1 twice now...

    as for #2...kinda hard to do that now...need my car done today.

    can the car be started w/o the intercooler on in order to reverse it off the ramps?
    Sorry about the hose suggestion......I should have said for the future

    As far as starting it without the IC, I wouldn't.....but that's me. Anybody else got a more concrete answer for this?

    I take it it is the hose that connects to the turbo that is bing the PITA. Before I got my silicone hoses, there was a few times I had to use a pair of needlenose pliers to grab the top of the hose and pull it onto the turbo. Kinda hacky........but it worked. Maybe try putting a SMALL amount of some type of lube on the inside of the hose. That may help.
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    ive seen the needle nose plyers trick...it is unfortunate that my pair got rusted badly and dont work anymore...such is life..thanks for the info. though

    id recomend anyone doing their tranny fluid in the future to invest in some new hoses first
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    Yea it sucks to do. Do silicon hoses really make it that much easier?
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    fixed!! Took a lighter to the end of the hose and heated it up..went on EASY.....never again should this be a PITA project for anyone if they do this before trying to get it back on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRXcruiser View Post
    fixed!! Took a lighter to the end of the hose and heated it up..went on EASY.....never again should this be a PITA project for anyone if they do this before trying to get it back on!
    Nice Glad you got it back on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thug Nasty View Post
    Yea it sucks to do. Do silicon hoses really make it that much easier?
    In my experience they do. The silicone hoses are MUCH more flexible than the plastic stock ones.
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    Heat= Expansion
    You don't have to remove the IC to get to the tranny fluid. Just get creative with funnels.

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    ya i thought i had a creative funnel...well the fluid was too thick for the little pump bottle i was using so next step was to remove the IC and get out the regular funnel...


    it would have been easier to have a small funnel with a hose attached to it...knew this going into today but did not act on it b/c i didnt feel like driving to town and then waiting three hours for the car to cool down again...big mistake live and learn...but hey not many chicks would have accomplished what i accomplished today...

    fyi, my hoses werent gunky w/ 90,000k on stock hoses, others have reported other findings
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    The stock intercooler definitly isnt very easy to put back on, just takes time, i use WD-40 to put hoses liek that back on, it works pretty good. Wait till you try and remove the ctock blow off valve from th erecirc rube, that can be a huge pain to get back on...
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    I Hit 22 mph one time... and then i got scared so i let off. dont worry though, i was in a empty parkin lot so no one was around... When your to that point you need to shift into 2nd it gets scary... be careful out there...

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    1.) silicone spray is your friend, don't use wd40.
    2.) on the y-pipe connecting to the compressor housing there is a lip there. You can get a long thin pipe or a long socket extension and wedge it down on the block to push the y-pipe on to the outled on the compressor housing.

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    why do you say dont use wd-40
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    Quote Originally Posted by WRXworm View Post
    I Hit 22 mph one time... and then i got scared so i let off. dont worry though, i was in a empty parkin lot so no one was around... When your to that point you need to shift into 2nd it gets scary... be careful out there...

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