[200q20v] Blown Lower Inter-cooler Hose

Jeff.Bernstein at pneumaticscale.com Jeff.Bernstein at pneumaticscale.com
Mon Aug 7 16:28:41 EDT 2000


Yes, the tube that comes off of the main hose is in good shape.  I can see
where this would be a weak point though.  My split is very close to the
inter-cooler in the large straight section.  I would have expected it to be
closer to the turbo and on the bottom instead of the top surface.  In fact
it took me a few minutes to find the tear in the hose since this was the
last place I expected to find it.      

The price that I quoted was from Clair since I knew that this hose might be
expensive although not that expensive.


In a message dated Mon, 7 Aug 2000  4:00:11 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Jeff.Bernstein at pneumaticscale.com writes:

> I had the misfortune of blowing a one inch long split-hole in the top
> portion of the lower inter-cooler hose that goes to the turbo.  The car
> no power and stumbled on acceleration along with some black smoke out the
> back tail pipe.  Luckily I was within two miles of my house and was able
> limp it home.  I think keeping duct tape in our cars might be a good idea
> the future. 
> I checked on this part today and it is a dealer only part unlike the upper
> hose that commonly fails.  I was shocked to find that this part costs $200
> dollars.  I am tempted to just insert a 3 inch diameter sleeve into the
> and clamp each side of it.  The rest of the rubber hose is in good shape
> I hate to put $200 dollars into this rubber hose.
> Has anyone run into this before or have a better suggestion on repairing
> Thanks,
> Jeff

Doesn't this hose have the connection for the turbo bypass valve?  Have you
priced the hose through the discount dealers (either Clair in Boston, or
Carlson in California)?  As I recall, others have had the hose split where
the bypass valve connects...
Of course, you could likely fabricate something using parts for turbocharged
trucks, or a combo of rubber and hard parts.

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