Boost or Aye Capt'n we sprung a leak....

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at
Wed Jun 19 15:14:10 EDT 2002

Just had the cross pipe and aux rad out.  No problems with the piping or
hose clamps.  Reused all fastners and clamps (you know why).  Dug and washed
about a pound of sand from the cold side of the aux rad and straightened
fins.  If anyone on the West Coast needs to borrow my versions of the
vibration damper fixing tool or the TB idler puller, let me know.  I
The TB idler bearing was a little noisy so disassembled the pulley and
relubed the bearing, all is quiet now.

I didn't pick up on your supposition, but mine is that your problem relates
to that excessive weight of the stone magnets that you have hanging from the


> From: maximum at
> Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 11:36:37 -0700 (PDT)
> To: dans at
> Cc: 200q20v at
> Subject: Boost or Aye Capt'n we sprung a leak....
> I share this despite the fact that it may make me look slightly more
> foolish than usual.  Looking under the hood for the 500th time I noticed
> a not so light film of oil around the IC pipe where it mounts to the IC
> on the driver's side.  Being exasperated at this point I decided to have
> at it.  I pulled the bumper and lowered the radiator to access the pipe
> and I see that the pipe is not fully inserted into the IC.  There's a big
> lip on the pipe that should be flush with the opening of the IC.  This lip
> was about 3/4-1" lower than it should have been and I'm not even sure that
> at this level that the steel pipe would even meet with the large O-ring
> inside the IC itself.  I'm supposing that the film of oil on the outside is
> an indicator that at least at some point that I am (was) getting blowby
> and losing boost when pressure was up.  The O-ring looks good, but I'm
> replacing it tomorrow (provided the part comes in) and replacing all the
> clamps and 10mm nuts that held the radiator in place. I'm not so worried
> about the oil film as I believe that a little bit of this is normal.  It
> looks bad because of all the dirt stuck to the oil film but it's not
> excessive.
> This whole procedure took all of 45 minutes BTW including the removal of the
> Hella 550's mounted below the bumper.
> I'd sure like to hear what some of you guys think of my supposition or if
> you've had a like experience.  Crossing my fingers.
> Royal aka 20RoT
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